Tell Kent City Council what you think of $7 million in budget cuts: Hearing planned

Tell the Kent City Council what you think of proposed 2010 budget cuts during a public hearing in front of the Council's Operations Committee at 4 p.m. April 20 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Tell the Kent City Council what you think of proposed 2010 budget cuts during a public hearing in front of the Council's Operations Committee at 4 p.m. April 20 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke proposed $7 million in spending cuts because of declining revenue. Cooke proposed that seven employees be cut or have hours reduced and that 29 employees be switched from the city’s general fund to fill new positions July 1 when the city annexes about 24,000 residents in the Panther Lake area.

Other proposed budget adjustments include reducing the number of city Spotlight Series performances so that the series is self-supporting; move some police officers from special units to patrol; switch some firefighters from special units to fire suppression; reduce staff in developmental services because of a continual decline in commercial development; elimination of the lunch subsidy program at the Kent Senior Center; and reduce support to the Kent Meridian pool.


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