Public Safety Budget Cuts
With the new state budget about to be set in stone, local governments are able to finally figure out just how much they will have to cut. In some cases, the cuts will not only affect just city or county employees.
If ten percent gets cut from the Alachua County Department of Public Safety budget, Fire Station 17's engine would not be used for six months next year starting in April. Fire emergency calls would be dispatched to nearby stations. Residents who live near the station say that the loss of that engine would hurt the community.
"We do need the fire truck out in Jonesville and the surrounding areas," said Teresa Woodard who lives across the street from Fire Station 17. "I don't want to see it shut down."
Department of Public Safety Director Will May says he hopes revenues will come in higher than projected and result in the need for smaller cuts. He also says he understands that all departments are trying to plead their cases as to why certain areas shouldn't be cut.
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