Township Board Cuts Police, Fire By 50 Percent 12-08-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Township Board Cuts Police, Fire By 50 Percent 12-08-2010

New information is coming out of Saginaw County in one township’s decision to cut members of its police and firefighting force to save money.
Officials in Bridgeport Township approved a budget for fiscal year 2011 and the cuts are raising some eyebrows.
The layoffs represent a nearly 50 percent cut to the township's public safety personnel.
Briggeport Township manager Rose Licht told TV5 that the township board approved a balanced budget for fiscal year 2011 at Tuesday night’s meeting.
That budget calls for the layoff of 6 employees:
-- 2 full time police officers
-- 2 part time police officers
-- 1 full time firefighter / inspector
-- 1 full time codes/planning-zoning administrator
The layoffs are effective Jan. 1. The township employs 11 police officers and firefighters total. Six full-time officers and two full-time firefighters will be left.
Officials told TV5 there is no "plan B" in the works at this point. The township had a public safety millage voted down last month.
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