YAKIMA, Wash - Yakima can no longer keep up with the rising costs to run the city. Officials say they will have to pay 3.5 million dollars next year.
As time goes on people may begin to notice things like, reduced hours for people to come in and pay their utilities at city hall, so the city can cut back on some of the hours worked by employees. Also things like street improvements could take longer than expected. It is everything that comes out of the cities general fund. City officials say they have already been cutting back and have seen this coming.
"Those cut backs are no longer enough to balance the budget, we are going to have to start having cut backs that the average resident will notice," says Randy Beehler, Community Relations Manager for Yakima.
The city expects to have 3.5 million dollars in new costs next year. Things like utilities, fuel and labor will all cost more. The city expects to have 1.5 million dollars in new revenue. That is a two million dollar difference they have to make up for.