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Fire department budget to be assessed
The Farmington City Council will continue talks on the 2014 budget cuts, beginning with a look at the fire department’s needs at a council workshop Monday. The July 8 meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at Farmington City Hall.
The state capped cities’ 2014 levy increases, sending council members and city leaders back to chopping block to find places to cut that would have the least impact on city operations.
The proposed 2014 budget originally included requests from the fire department that made up the largest chunk of the levy increase that the city was planning — a proposed $312,000 increase to the department’s budget.
That proposed increase includes a new fire vehicle for $125,000, an increase for equipment of $45,000, training classes increasing by $23,000, building maintenance by $61,000, uniforms by $8,000 and workers compensations included in the budget for the first time at $24,000.
At past meetings, City Council members said they feel like their hands are tied, and they expressed anger and frustration with state legislators and the governor for setting these laws for local budgets next year.
SUSAN FEYDER, LIALA HELAL and ERIN ADLER