Yakima, WASH-- One-point-three-million dollars. That's the budget deficit Yakima is facing.
City manager Dick Zais presented his solutions for closing that gap at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The proposal includes reducing in jail spending, not filling vacant job posts, and furloughing 200 city employees. Employees would have to take between 5-7 days off, saving the city 300-thousand dollars.
These potential furloughs caused a lot of discussion at tonight's council meeting. Many council members don't like it. But they see it as the only real option. The council voted to spend more time looking into the furloughs and accepted the rest of the budget reduction plan.