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Community programs to face significant cuts

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YAKIMA, Wash. --  Many programs relying on federal funding are facing significant cuts which has some program leaders wanting to get the ball rolling on the approval process.

At Tuesday night's city council meeting, acting city manager Michael Morales said the Community Development Block Grant and HOME services will be facing budget cuts.

These services help pay for graffiti abatement, code enforcement officers, as well as services for senior citizens.

City Neighborhood Services manager Archie Matthews spoke at the council meeting. "The problem that we run against, like Mr. Morales said, is the longer we wait, the longer it is until we get our money from the federal government; and we can actually start helping people," Matthews said.

According to Matthews, this year's CDBG funding will be cut to 17 percent, while their HOME Investment funding will be cut approximately 34 percent this year.

"This drastically reduced funding, we may have to cut some other programs to make sure that those houses and those partnerships are seen to their contractual conclusion," Matthews explained.

The city is currently paying for the services until they get federal funding, according to Morales. Once a budget is approved and federal money arrives, the city will get reimbursed.

A public hearing is scheduled for next month. Afterwards, the city council will take a vote.