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City council prepares budget for adoption

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The city council held a wrap-up session Tuesday morning to make final changes to the 2010 budget with the goal of reducing it by about $70,000 in addition to cuts made in previous sessions.

For almost three hours, the council went motion by motion making changes to balance the budget under the "Priorities of Government" model.

Assistant Mayor Micah Cawley says the new model was needed this year and helped them to make the adjustments needed to reach their target.

"We were able to do some things that council is normally not able to do," he said. "Reinstate some positions, take some positions away so a lot more council involvement and I think an overall better product for the community."

Many non-profits in the arts, business, and cultural sectors saw a reduction in funding. Some adjustments made by the council include funding for one police officer to be moved away from city money and paid for with a federal grant. Another change made by the council was passing on a reduction suggested by the fire department, this allowed YFD's secretary to stay on staff for another year.

The council's final motion was to leave the budget for adoption next week. They will take that step on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

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