More cuts likely to programs as Yakima city budget worsens
YAKIMA, Wash.-- The City of Yakima's budget is now in an even deeper hole. We previously told you the city was dealing with a one million dollar budget shortfall. However, with the recently announced state budget cuts, they'll lose an additional 500,000 dollars.
Not only will the city manager recommend not filling six police officer positions, but he'll also likely have to cut programs and raise fees for some services.
"The trouble is that city councils never been in this situation before and so we're gonna have to educate ourselves and really have a discussion with the community," says City Councilman Rick Ensey.
Ensey says they may have to privatize things like building code inspections and fire inspections. He also says things like building permits will cost more because they will no longer be subsidized.