Staff reductions not part of Richland City Council's 2013 budget

By the Tri-City HeraldNovember 6, 2012 

The Richland City Council gave initial approval Monday to a 2013 budget that includes no major service cuts or staff reductions.

The spending plan also doesn't include a property tax hike, although utility customers will see their electric bills go up next year. Water and solid-waste rate increases also are possibilities but haven't yet been approved.

The budget totals $250 million, including about $53 million general fund that is down more than 1 percent over this year. The general fund covers day-to-day operations in the city of 49,000 people, including police and parks.

The city council Monday also held a public hearing on the spending plan, although no one from the audience spoke.

The council is slated to consider finalizing the budget Nov. 27.

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