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E.L. City Council approves cuts to fire and police departments

Posted: 9:11 AM, May 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-23 18:10:36Z

 The East Lansing City Council passed a series of cuts in it's 2019 fiscal year budget Tuesday night.

The more than $35 million plan calls for the reduction of 14 full or part-time employees, and eight other cost saving measures.

Those cuts include eliminating five police officer positions, reducing the number of officers to 49. Also cutting four fire EMS positions which reduces the fire EMS employees to 42.

City officials say the cuts are necessary to tackle its financial crisis 
The city is struggling financially, with a looming $190 million retirement deficit.

Earlier this month the city council voted to put an income tax proposal on the August ballot.