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Toppenish Budget Crunch Still Alive

TOPPENISH, Wash. - The City of Toppenish is in a big budget crunch.

At the heart of the matter are the people who already pay the highest utility taxes in the state.

A public hearing on Monday night on the city's budget, turned into a protest for hundreds of angry people who wanted answers from the mayor and the city council.

The group gathered right in front of city hall about a half hour before the public hearing.

They all basically shared the same sentiments of not being properly informed about the budget problem.

In its preliminary budget, the city chose to close the swimming pool and positions within the police and parks and recreation departments.

But closing the pool has left people with dry attitudes.

"And I know that this pool is very, very essential to these kid's lives," Meliza Ozuna said. "I can assure you that those kids would be out on the streets doing god knows what."

The city also discussed a possible increase in property taxes, which angered people even more.

The city is set to go to a final vote on the budget at the end of this month.

Now,the people of Toppenish have one more chance to voice their opinions at that meeting on November 27.