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City Council Holds Public Hearing on 2014 Budget

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No new taxes with an emphasis on public safety and major improvements in infrastructure are a couple of the key points to the 2014 Yakima city budget.

The Yakima City Council will be conducting public hearings on the 2014 city budget Tuesday night at their regularly scheduled meeting.

City Manager Tony O’Rourke says the budget is about $16 million more than in 2012. “A majority of the increase in the budget is for road repair work. We’ll be doing a lot of work next summer.”

The $206 million budget is a one percent increase over 2012. The city worked on 28 lane miles in 2013 but O’Rourke says 92 miles will see resurfacing projects in 2014 under the new budget.

The budget also includes 74 new police patrol vehicles that are arriving this month and should all be on the streets by early next year.

The city council will hold several more hearings on the city budget before voting to approve the document in late December.

Tuesday’s city council will be held at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.

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