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Yakima City Council makes no decision about cutting police and fire

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YAKIMA, Wash- The Yakima City Council met Tuesday night to work through a budget proposal that includes eliminating police and fire jobs but they didn't get very far.      

The council meeting comes just four days after the state dropped a bombshell on the city, the potential for $500,000 dollars more in budget cuts putting the city over $1.5 million in the hole.

The city manager proposed eliminating things like the assistant city manager position, and fire and code inspections. and also six vacant police and one fire job that were previously off the table.

"I do not think we can afford to lose any of our police jobs, in fact we need to be having a discussion about adding police and fire", says council member Kathy Coffey.

They didn't make a decision about those cuts. Instead they'll have a work session next week where they'll take more time to consider their options.

"Where do we shift resources or do we find new resources?", ask Council member Dave Edler.

Though people did show up to speak against pool closures, this budget doesn't propose any.

At the meeting they also had a heated discussion about downtown maintenance.  Now that the previous business improvement district has expired, they have declared their intent to impose another one. 

The details haven't been set, but this opens the path for the council to take on the project.