Budget axe takes out emergency responders
BAKER - Six positions were cut from the city of Baker's budget Tuesday, two firefighters and four police officers.
The cuts will help balance the budget that had a near million dollar deficit. The move was approved by the council when it backed the balanced 2014-2015 budget.
"We're down two communications officers and we're down two road officers," Baker Police Assistant Chief Randall Dunaway said. "Some things are going to have to give and it may be our response time."
"We're down two people," Baker Fire Chief Danny Edwards echoed. "We're going to have our work cut out for us to remain a class 2."
The fire department will be rated in September and will have two less men per shift than in years past. The department also cut all nine part-time, contract workers. If response time and effectiveness are negatively impacted by the cuts, insurance rates could increase.