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Budget outlines cuts to Saginaw public safety

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Residents are learning more about the future of public safety in Saginaw as City Manager Darnell Earley released a finalized version of the budget on Monday.

Saginaw city officials need to eliminate a more than $3 million budget deficit out of a total budget of $129,996,440, nearly $20 million of which is designated for public safety.

>>For a much more detailed summary of Saginaw's budget, click on the link to the left of this page.<<

Over the last several months officials have proposed a number of options to resolve the matter without drastic cuts but, it appears, no other agreements have been reached.

City Manager Darnell Earley presented the finalized copy of the budget plan at Monday night's city council meeting, and it includes:

  • Cuts that will reduce Saginaw's police force to just 55 officers.
  • Saginaw's fire department would be cut to 35.

The cuts mean 36 sworn public safety employees and 15 firefighter positions will be eliminated.

"Over the past several years, the city of Saginaw has been able to decrease violent crime and reduce the number of fire-related calls by improving service delivery," said Earley in the budget introduction. "This trend is in jeopardy because general fund revenues have significantly decreased, and public safety is the primary expenditure of the general fund. The city must continue to review public safety operations and implement additional changes in service delivery so that these trends can continue."

If the budget is approved, the cuts are expected to take effect July 1.

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