Anderson cuts 15 police, firefighters to balance budget
5 other city employees laid off
Last Updated: 204 days ago
ANDERSON - The Anderson City Council voted Monday to cut its police force and firefighters to shore up a budget shortfall.
Twenty city positions will be cut in total, including four police officers, 11 firefighters and five city employees from various other departments.
The original proposal called for cutting seven police officers and 20 firefighters.
Deputy Mayor Pete Heuer told RTV6 earlier in October that the city needed a drastic cut to balance the budget.
"Unfortunately we're here at the case of a drastic cut instead of a cut over time, so as far as is there another alternative out there, we're open to the idea," Heuer said. "But we have sought advice from several experts on how to bridge the gap, and we do not see a way to do it at this time. Unfortunately it's going to affect those people."
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