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Wapato Finalizes Its Budget

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WAPATO, Wash. - It's now official. The City of Wapato balanced its 2007 budget on Thursday night. 

But the people of Wapato face tough cuts and a higher utility tax.

You'd think there'd be more people at the final budget hearing, but only a couple of people showed up...

That didn't stop the city council from adopting its 2007 budget. It includes steep cuts from losing one full-time police officer and the city's only pool. Also, the people of Wapato will have to pay on average, $7 per month on their utility bills. That's thanks to a 10 percent utility tax.

Councilman Ken Facio says he feels there should've been more concern about the budget cuts from the people of Wapato.

"If feel very disappointed because you know, being in the city council and speaking for the residents, you know, like I tell some of the residents, their voice is louder than mine," he said. "I just speak for them, you now, I bring their ideas."

And here's what else the city council cut out of the budget:

-They'll reduce the jail and city hall staffs

-The council also reduced salaries for the city prosecutor and dispatch

-The community center will become self-sufficient

-The council also eliminated park improvements in 2007

It's a rising trend as city's around the valley try to trim their budgets and Wapato is no different.