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Baker not cutting police force, despite budget problems

3 years 11 months 1 week ago June 19, 2013 Jun 19, 2013 Wednesday, June 19 2013 June 19, 2013 8:23 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

BAKER - City officials say police in Baker will keep their jobs, despite the city's money problems.

Officials in Baker have been working on cutting back on their city spending for years, but the city is almost $2 million in the hole. Lately, the city's been spending previous years' surplus, but the extra money is running out and leaders say it's time to make some solid changes.

"We're going to have to make some choices," said Police Chief Make Knaps. "They may not be popular with everybody, but some things are going to have to happen to increase our revenues."

To make these changes, the city is making cuts, and will not be giving raises to it's employees this year.

Mayor Horold Rideau says the city is also looking to cut corners on retirement and health care costs, as they are draining the budget.

Despite the cuts, Rideau promises all police will keep their jobs.

"The most important thing is that we do not lay anyone off," he said.

The city will meet Thursday at 10 a.m. to discuss the changes.

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