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Mayor proposes cuts, including 26 city jobs

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

Blytheville Mayor James Sanders proposed city cuts to the finance committee, including 26 personnel positions.

Earlier this month Finance Director John Callens told the city council more than $1 million needed to be cut from the budget to get the city out of a deficit.

Callens reached out to the council and department heads to see what areas could afford cuts.

Sanders presented a proposal this week, which will close the Thunder Bayou Golf Links, de-man Fire Station #3 and cut about 26 city jobs.

The proposed job cuts are from the General, Street, and Parks and Recreation fund areas.

According to Callens, the Blytheville Fire Chief said de-manning the fire station should not be a problem as long as the equipment is still there and there is a plan for someone to respond to calls in that area.

Two positions within the police department would also be cut, but these positions are currently vacant so it would not affect any currently employed officers.

The cuts are just a proposal for now. The finance committee will go over the mayor's proposal in the next few weeks.

A final budget must be completed by Jan. 31, but Callens said it is always a good idea to finish it early, especially when jobs will be cut.

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