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Baker officials brace themselves to balance upcoming budget

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BAKER - City officials are prepping to balance this year's upcoming 2015-2016 budget.

Chief of Police Mike Knapps said he submitted his budget to the city for approval. He wants to fill two officer positions which have been vacant since last year.

"It's very, very important that this budget be funded as presented, so we can fulfill those empty slots," said Chief Knapps.

Mayor Harold Rideau said everyone will be considered in the upcoming budget and he's going to do his best to make sure Baker stays afloat.

"Everybody's top priority. You can't say because I'm fire and police, I'm top priority. You have to think about, hey, gas department. If you have a leak out there, you've got to have qualified people to be able to fix the leak," said Mayor Rideau.

The new budget year begins July 1.


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