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Yakima City Council holds public hearing for 2010 proposed budget

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima City council members took comment on the proposed 2010 City of Yakima budget Tuesday night and with budget shortfalls plenty of people showed-up to voice concerns.

Over a dozen local organizations and non-profits who receive city support voiced concerns at the hearing. 

City Manager Dick Zais said there's a 10% reduction in the proposed 2010 budget compared to this years current budget. That means many organizations were asked to take a 50% cut in funding.

Representatives from the Harmon center, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Committee for Downtown Yakima were just a few of the groups who explained why city funding is so important to their efforts.

"I think that when the city's behind you even in a small way it really adds a lot of strength to your program and you can really come out and ask for some other moneys and other grants," said Jessica Moskwa, executive director, Allied Arts.

Council will take tonight's comments and combine them with the city manager's recommendations at a December 1st budget wrap-up session.

If everything is pulled together at that meeting the budget will be adopted at the council meeting on December 8th.

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