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Saginaw city employees could pay more in taxes

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Some local residents are fighting to prevent possible layoffs to public safety services in Saginaw.

Community leaders met at the Beacon of Hope Church in Saginaw and laid out their own plans to avoid cuts.

Right now, the city faces at a $3.2 million budget deficit.

On the chopping block are police and fire services.

Beginning July 1, 36 police and fire employees could be without a job.

That would drop the number of police to 55 and firefighters to around 35.

There have also been talks about Saginaw County's Sheriff contracting services to the city, but that proposal is at a standstill.

Meanwhile, a new bill in Lansing could help struggling cities such as Saginaw.

The bill would allow cities to increase the income taxes for city employees who live outside of the city.

Right now, they pay three-fourths of a percent. That's half of what those who live and work in the city pay.

If the law passes, Saginaw's mayor says the increase could mean up to $6 million a year for the city.

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