YAKIMA, Wash -- Over the next five weeks, the Yakima City Council must to balance its books, and prepare a new budget -- but it won't be easy or without big cuts.
According to estimates, next year, the cost of running Yakima will jump by three to four percent - leaving a gap of several million dollars.
Much of the increase can be chalked up to higher fuel and electricity prices, and a jump in the cost of construction materials for roads and sewers.
Training and travel budgets for city employees will be reduced, and grants to several community groups will be cut.
However, the city plans to continue funding projects like a new skate park and improvements to the water system. The final budget is likely to be finished sometime in mid-December.