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Jackson Council Considers Budget Cuts

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(WLNS) - City officials say they need to cut about $700,000 from the budget and they may take a big chunk of funding from the city's emergency response team.

Jackson's chief of police says these potential drastic cuts only add to layoffs made in the past.

"It's beyond bare bones. There would probably be certain type of calls that would make it very difficult for us to handle and respond to. Certainly response times would certainly increase," says Jackson police chief Matthew Heins.

Chief Matthew Heins says Jackson city council's proposed 2014 -- 2015 budget would cut 10 firefighters, one police officer and the entire K-9 unit.

Those proposed cuts are only a continuation of the layoffs the department's seen in the past.

"It's still difficult to provide services, or the same level of services that we're used to providing for the community," Heins adds.

The layoffs would leave jackson with 45 police officers and only 16 firefighters.

A big difference compared to the 40 firefighters the city had just years ago.

Local business owner Tim Levy expressed his concern about the cuts during tonight's city council meeting.

"Reducing it is going to drastically affect their ability to protect my business and the citizens of Jackson.," said Tim Levy, president of Industrial Steel Treating.

Just a couple years ago Levy says emergency crews responded to an accident at his business.

He worries if another one happens the Jackson fire department won't have the manpower to respond in time.

Levy adds,"The fire department has protected my business and i want to do everything i can to protect them. It's really looking out for the citizens of Jackson, not just industrial steel trading."

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