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City of Yakima's Preliminary 2015 Budget Puts Emphasis on Public Safety Again

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YAKIMA, WA. -- Yakima's City Council took a first look at the proposed budget for next year on Tuesday. 


For the second year in a row, public safety was at the top of their spending list. The new budget includes money for two new officers, a part-time police recruiter and a police applications specialist. 


City manager Tony O'Rourke helped create the budget and hopes the continued focus makes an impact on how people feel about their safety.


"That's the number one priority of this community as addressed in our citizen survey," O'Rourke said. "People want a safer more secure community. We did reduce the crime rate last year by 20% but we need to continue to invest, particularly in our police department, to continue to drive that even further."


The new budget also sets money aside for some capitol projects including $3.5 million for the Boise Cascade mill site and $12.5 million to improve the airport. 


There are no new taxes included with the budget and overall spending is down $2 million compared to this year. 

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