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City of Richland is Cutting Back in the 2009 Budget

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The slumping economy is causing the city of Richland to cut back according to the 2009 budget.

Richland is having to cut back on the number of city jobs they have by not filling certain positions.  The city will also reduce the number of people taking home city vehicles to save on gas.  The price of asphalt has gone up by 60% which means the money to cover it will have to come from somewhere else to pave roads and repair potholes.  And economy woes are causing people to cut back on shopping hurting the cities sales tax revenue.

"You've got to spend your money wisely.  We feel that we're doing that, and we feel like we're moving ahead and trying to calm the nerves of some of the citizens saying this is where we're headed, and we think we're on the right track," said Cindy Johnson, Richland City Manager.

One interesting way Richland is hoping to save money is by replacing one of the cities mail trucks with a hybrid.  If it turns out to be profitable, they plan on buying more hybrids in the future.