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BAKER - City officials in Baker will have a special meeting this week to discuss ways to solve the city's money problems.

Councilwoman Joyce Burgess called for what she said will be a "brainstorming" meeting after the council turned down a water rate increase. The council voted 4-1 to nix the rate increase Tuesday.

Baker has been fighting budget issues for the last few years. Baker Police Chief Mike Knapps said he's shifted positions within his department to save money, but the problem is just getting worse.

"But we have to get them back to their original spots because those places are hurting too. The work stacks up. It doesn't go away," said Knapps.

Burgess said one of the possible solutions that will be discussed Friday is a property tax increase. The meeting will be held at City Hall.

 

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