Big cuts could be coming to public safety - WNEM TV 5

Big cuts could be coming to public safety

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said the city is going to make sure that one of the nation's most violent cities doesn't lose a significant number of police officers.

A cost-cutting proposal brought up Wednesday, April 30 would cut dozens of public safety officers. Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley proposed the two-year plan.

Residents are on edge after hearing public safety cuts could be coming soon to Flint.

The proposal to eliminate dozens of police and fire positions is part of a spending plan presented by Earley.

Earley said the changes are necessary to help balance the city's budget and help trim a nearly $13 million deficit.

"It reflects our best effort to identify the resources we have and fund the resources at a level we can support. You cannot run a deficit in providing services to the city," Earley said.

The proposal includes cutting 36 police and 19 fire positions.  Residents said this has them concerned about their safety.

Under the plan, city water rates and taxes would also go up.

Earley says the changes are necessary, but not everyone agrees. City leaders will go over the proposed budget in the next few weeks.

As city leaders look over the proposed budget residents said they hope officials can work out a way to avoid taking more police and fire fighters off the streets.

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