Winston-Salem looks for ways to save money

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem City Council will discuss everything from cutting police officer positions, to raising multiple city fees and eliminating bulky item pick up as part of 26 proposals being recommended to help balance the budget from the Citizen's Organizational Efficiency Review Committee.

In case a tax rate hike is not decided the is looking at ways to close a budget gap that could top $8 million.

The committee is recommending a number of things. Some include:

  • Cross training front office staff                                                                    $9,000.00
  • Fire Responding only to EMS calls                                                              $145,000
  • Align City Fire inspections with State                                                           $135,000
  • Cut 10 grant funded police officer positions                                                 $547,000
  • Eliminate bulky item collection                                                                      $192,000
  • Increase fees for weeded lots                                                                       $50,000
  • Increase yard cart sticker from $60 to $65                                                    $73,000
  • Increase fees for cemetery plots by 10%                                                       $42,000

All the items are just recommendations. Monday, the city council will discuss whether the city manager should include them in his final budget.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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