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Cal City holding meetings to discuss city's budget issues

Posted at 12:01 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 15:01:21-04

The California City Council is hosting a series of workshops where community members are invited to discuss budget issues. 

This comes after voters chose to end a tax that helps fund the Fire and Police Departments.

Last month, voters took to the polls to decide whether or not to keep a parcel tax in place, which accounts for about 66 percent of California City's general fund. 

The vote failed to receive two-thirds majority with about 2,000 people voting in a city with a population of 14,000. Without income from the tax, the Police Department will lose four officers and the Fire Department will only have seven people.

On April 25, a vote was held to temporarily save those jobs from being cut. 

In an effort to fix their budget problems, the city is holding community discussion meetings. The first is Thursday at 6 p.m. 

There will also be two more meetings held next week.