City continues to hammer out public safety budget - WNEM TV 5

City continues to hammer out public safety budget

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Cuts to public safety are at the center of attention in Flint as the city hammers out a proposed budget.

Nineteen firefighters and 36 police officers could face layoffs. The city's Finance Committee met Tuesday night to discuss the issue.

Council members presented some alternatives, including merging the city's 911 system with the county's. Members also debated raising the city's local income tax. Emergency Financial Manager Darnell Earley says he is open to exploring additional revenue sources.

Council members plan to present their counterproposal in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, local officials are trying to find ways to save as many public safety jobs as possible. Fire Chief David Cox says he's working on a plan to prevent any layoffs at all.

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert is also trying to maximize his potentially shrinking force. The Flint Journal reports police would have less involvement in task forces and fewer hours at police headquarters if the budget goes through as is.

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