Yakima City Council members voted to go through with a six percent utility tax hike for next year. The $2 million that's expected to come from that hike will be spent on public safety. It will cover 12 new police officers and one firefighter, as well as keeping the legal department's staff full and helping fund the gang-free initiative.

Other city departments will face some big cuts, including the city manager's office, which will be cut in half come next year. The council also voted to cut the fire codes position.