Wenatchee Mayor Explains Stark Cuts

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.