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Budget Crunches Toppenish

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TOPPENISH, Wash. - The people of Toppenish will have to pay more for their basic necessities.

The city council adopted the final budget on Monday night in front of a packed crowd at city hall.

City officials and the people of Toppenish are still divided. There wasn't much room for everyone at city hall and when the people spoke during public comment time, the three minutes they had were not enough.

That's because they were facing rate increases in water, sewer and trash collection. The people of Toppenish already pay the highest utility taxes in the state.

And when city councilmembers adopted the tax increases, along with the 2007 budget, the people of Toppenish felt left in the cold.

"Basically what we want is that the citizens are included on their decision making on the budget, we have been left out with no information," Toppenish resident Juan Osuna said.

The city also decided not to fund the pool, along with three positions within the police department.

The people of Toppenish have formed a group to talk with city officials about the budget. They've already met with the mayor and the council, but after Monday night's decision, they hope to continue to get more answers.