Columbia City Budget Cuts Imminent
COLUMBIA - The city manager and one of the council members said Monday they want to make about $700,000 in cuts - but in different places.
The city manager says that cutting eight vacant firefighter positions will save the city about $680,000 in reserve money. He says this is the most efficient area to make these cuts because these are positions that are empty and would therefore prevent any layoffs.
"The fire department was already not manning this particular piece of equipment and I felt that the metrics didn't show any real reduction in fire response time we had vacancies, we weren't talking about laying people off. This made sense to me," said Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins.
The alternative from councilman Gary Kespohl is to keep the firefighter positions, but cut some travel, an old contingency account, and change parking fee use.