BY COUNCILORS GILBERT, ANDERSON, GARDNER AND KRAUSE:
WHEREAS, the city can only find solutions to the budget crisis by working together; and
WHEREAS, the administration plans to take a Downtown fire rig out of service on July 1, 2008, to save approximately $300,000 from the fire department’s budget in 2008; and
WHEREAS, the council believes that if the administration works with the fire department that it can come up with a plan to balance the budget without the adverse impact on public and firefighter safety of taking a fire rig out of service.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the council requests that the administration postpone plans to take the Downtown fire rig out of service until at least August 1, 2008, and work with the fire department to come up with an alternative plan to balance the budget which will have less impact on public and firefighter safety.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution requests administration action to adjust proposed budget cuts in the fire department.