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City of Yakima Releases Budget Plans for 2009

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YAKIMA, Wash.- The City of Yakima released their budget plans for 2009 and they're taking the public's suggestions into consideration. The City Manager says residents, like Gina Harrison, want to see more improvements in public safety and public services.

"We've got roads that have pot holes big enough to swallow a car," said Harrison.

Which is why next year city council members are devoting a big chunk of money to improve the city, one road at a time.

"It's essential to ensure the community is a safe place to live, work, and play," said Dick Zais, Yakima City Manager.

Some of the plans include fixing underpasses to prevent future accidents and continue paving roads and updating intersections for safer driving.

The 2009 budget is only up 3 percent more than last year's, which means the city is cutting down on extra costs.

"A position in court that was vacant was not renewed, there was also one police specialist position...and one in parks," said Zais.

There are no new taxes and because of this, money will be spent carefully. As a part of their goal for the New Year, city council members want to create more opportunities.

"City projects and capitol improvements that create a stimulus in the economy, creating the work and jobs and infrastructure that we need," said Zais.  

Zais says they'll continue investing money into the city's infrastructure and they will wait to see how the state budget cuts will affect the local economy.