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City of Yakima Wants to Open a Medical Center for City Employees to Save Money

City leaders in Yakima want to open a medical clinic for city employees which may save taxpayers money.

Yakima City Manager Tony O'Rourke says the clinic would save about $360,000 in taxpayer money.

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City of Yakima Looking to Bring Back Fire Inspections

A push to bring back fire inspections in Yakima could move forward next week. An increase in business license fees would pay for them.  The plan would reinstate the inspections under the fire department. Budget cuts lead to the position being elim

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City Launches Online Services to Better Connect With the Community

In an ongoing effort to enhance customer service, the City of Yakima has launched new online services which make it a lot easier for citizens to pay bills, notify the City about problems, and share ideas and opinions

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City Council Approve Graffiti Removal Program

A new graffiti removal program, approved by the city council this week is expected to be in operation in Yakima  within the next two months. A volunteer staff will remove the graffiti from area homes and businesses, but before graffiti is removed Yakima police gang officers want to be able to view the markings for investigative purposes

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Voters Could be Asked to Raise Car Tab Fees

Car tab fees have never been very popular, but Yakima City Manager Tony O'Rourke believes now may be the time to ask voters for the fee to pay for city street repairs. The city council will talk about putting the issue in front of voters during a study session this morning

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Car Tabs Could be Back on The Ballot

The Yakima City Council will meet for a study session Tuesday to talk about the possibility of putting a car tab fee on the ballot. Council members had decided against it in the past. In a recent survey, the city learned that 50 percent of residents support a car tab fee, which is why the issue is back on the table

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City of Yakima to Change Graffiti Ordinance

For years, the City of Yakima has had a graffiti ordinance that holds property owners responsible for the clean up and fines them if the graffiti is not removed. City Manager Tony O'Rourke says the city council changed the policy Tuesday and created a new system in which property owners can report the problem to the city for action

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4th Street Closing will Create Downtown Entertainment Area

The closure of 4th street behind the Capitol Theater will happen soon after the Yakima City Council voted last night in favor of the closure to create an entertainment area drawing more people to downtown Yakima

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City to Discuss Ideas to Re-energize Downtown

The closure of 4th Street behind the Capital Theater will be on the agenda of the Yakima City Council tomorrow night. City Manager Tony O'Rourke says it is part of the plan to energize the downtown area

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Cost of Prisoner Housing Rising… Officials Looking for Solutions

Costs continue to rise as city and county officials look for solutions to housing local prisoners. Today, a joint city/county study session was held to address the problem. A number of ideas were talked about including the possibility of having one regional jail instead of one in the city and one in the county

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