Budget Cuts

By: Jennifer Bocchieri
By: Jennifer Bocchieri

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From street repairs to parks and museums, city budget cuts will affect you.

The city concil must cut about $8 million out of this year's budget.

The city manager presented the budget today. Every department in some way will feel the crunch. Although there will be no direct hit to public safety including police and fire.

The largest cuts could come from city personnel; 62 positions could be cut. But we are told only 10 of those positions would actually mean a person loses their job. 27 of those are fire positions the city was looking to create.

More proposed cuts include street maintenance. This means the city would pave and clean streets less often.

To make up for not cutting public safety, the city could increase some fees. On the top of the list, more public safety fees from utilities and the airport, a vehicle tax of 2% and businesses in Old Town could pay more for parking.

The council has five weeks to work on the budget. They'll adopt a final budget August 12th.

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