Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/02/2012 12:33:45 PM PDT
Special Section: San Bernardino
SAN BERNARDINO – A plan cutting well more than 100 positions and making major changes at City Hall might be passed Tuesday, cutting $22.4 million of the city’s $45.8 million deficit.
The budget, known as a pre-pendency plan and intended to be followed with larger cuts later, was first released to the public Wednesday and shown to the City Council the week before.
The council discussed the plan for seven hours Wednesday evening, hearing presentations on cuts to the Police and Fire departments. The other departments are scheduled to make presentations Tuesday.
Several council members indicated then that the cuts to public safety may be “non-starters,” saying the public’s safety might be jeopardized by longer response times and other effects.
But Councilman Rikke Van Johnson said there was no way to get close to the 30 percent budget cuts needed to balance the budget – starting with a balance more than $18 million in the red – without hurting some interests.
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