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Budget deficit could cost about 38 Saratoga police, fire jobs

Budget deficit could cost about 38 Saratoga police, fire jobs

At least 38 full-time firefighters, police officers and civilian police department employees could l

At least 38 full-time firefighters, police officers and civilian police department employees could lose their jobs this year because of the city's budget deficit.

At a special City Council meeting this afternoon, Commissioner of Public Safety Ron Kim outlined job cuts he said are necessary to meet a $1.36 million figure set by Commissioner of Finance Ken Ivins.

Ivins said that is the department's fair share of cuts to make up for an estimated $3 to $4 million budget deficit this year. Kim disagrees, saying such cuts to the police and fire departments will greatly affect services.

It is too late to raise taxes this year to cover the shortfall, which comes from the loss of state video lottery terminal revenue and falling sales tax.

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