Spokane City Council Voting On Cuts To Police, Fire
by Kelsey Watts, KHQ Local News Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
SPOKANE, Wash – Facing a $10 million
dollar budget shortfall, Spokane Mayor David Condon proposed a no-growth budget
for 2013, which meant steep cuts to city services.
Among them, 100 positions were
eliminated throughout the city. The
Mayor says 65 of them were already vacant, and a number of others included
people who retired, who left the city, or found another job within the city, so
only 14 would be laid off. Those
positions would be spread throughout the city, in parks & rec, municipal
court, human services, parking and general administration.
However, it's the 23 firefighter and
21 police positions that are being eliminated that are causing some buzz.
Again, the positions are vacant, so
the Mayor says there are no layoffs to police and fire. However, their budgets are shrinking by
roughly $2 million dollar apiece.
"As the mayor indicated, there are
less revenues to continue to provide service to the community, and when you face
that, you don't have any option but to make reductions," Spokane Fire Chief
Bobby Williams told KHQ.
be coming to Fire Station 9, on 17th & Bernard on Spokane's South
Hill. The engine is being cut, meaning
crews will be there to respond to medical calls. But, for fires, surrounding fire stations
will have to help cover the area.
confident that if everybody is in the fire station the coverage that we would
have from the other stations would still meet our performance measures of 8
minutes and 30 seconds 90% of the time," Chief Williams
said if more revenue comes in next year than is predicted, he'd make it a
priority to add money back into the budgets for police and
Council is voting on these proposed cuts right now, at a meeting that began at
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