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Yakima City Council votes on utility tax tomorrow

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima City Council will vote on whether to raise utility taxes tomorrow.

They proposed the increase to keep a number of positions filled including six police officers.  City Manager Don Cooper had found money to keep those jobs filled, but the governor's budget cuts forced the council to look at tax increases instead.

However, the police department isn't the only agency facing cuts.

"Vacant police officer positions, firefighter position, other public safety related expenses... The others are in general government," says Cooper.

Cooper says the new tax would restore around 750,000 to 800,000 dollars if the council approves it. The city council meeting is at six tomorrow in the city council chambers at Yakima City Hall.