May 18, 2012
Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz is proposing cuts in police and fire services to balance the city budget.
He says the city could cut eight employees from the fire department by contracting with private ambulance services. He also plans to cut three officers and a clerk from the police department, and four of five full time employees at the Wenatchee Valley Museum.
An overflow crowd packed the city council chambers Thursday night to hear about the budget cuts. Kuntz says sales tax revenues have dropped while the cost of providing services goes up.
The layoffs would take effect Aug. 1.
Kuntz joined KOHO by phone to discuss the cuts.