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City of Yakima Budget Under Review

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima City Council is in the process of reviewing its proposed budget for 2008.

The Council expects a deficit for its "Goverment expenditures" as well as "Citywide" expenditures next year. They are holding five study sessions to determine the best course of action to deal with increase costs.

Officials say they expect to pay more for fuel, construction materials, electricity, and employee benefits. the Council also expects increases in costs for labor contracts, improving law enforcement, and costs involved with housing city inmates at the county jail.

"Government expenditures" are expected to be about $2.4 million dollars more than they were in 2007. In order to absorb the deficit, $800 thousand dollars worth of funding is being cut. Some programs will have less money to work with, while others are being eliminated completely.

The Yakima City Council says they will look to cut back on overtime hours for employees, as well as money for training and travel. Programs like the Allied Arts "Arts Van" and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program are being cut completely.

The City expects to spend about $2 million dollars from its reserves to balance the 2008 budget. Some of the increased "Citywide" expenditures include improvements to Kiwanis Park and to the drinking water and irrigation systems.

The Yakima City Council expects to approve the final 2008 budget on December 11th.


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