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Council reviews reductions for city departments, mayor calls process "difficult"

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The city council reviewed reductions for each city department Tuesday at their weekly budget study session.

Mayor Dave Edler told KNDO a new city report released Tuesday finds 30 percent of roads are failing.  He says this is an example of a service the public expects from the city but under current allocations of the proposed 2010 budget, it will not be able to respond to those streets improvements.

"We're not taking care of infrastructure," he said.  "We're significantly tugging away at what is important for us to provide."

The mayor also says he and his fellow council members are finding this process difficult, especially given their goal of protecting all uniformed positions in public safety.

City staff also point to the proposed number of jobs that will be lost under the current proposal.  In addition to the five layoffs outlined, there are 18 positions that are vacant and normally would be filled but the city plans to eliminate from the budget.

The city council will meet for its regular business meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday inside chambers at city hall.