Blair Ulring is the Assistant Police Chief. He told the city’s Budget and Finance Committee this week…that the cuts would lead to more crime.
“These are unprecedented budget cuts. We’re going to be forced to reduce to services we’re employed to protect and serve. Crime rates will probably rise in some of the major categories like property crimes and violent crime.”
Vice Mayor Kathy Miller says all city departments will have to work together to deal with a dire fiscal outlook.
“Nobody wants to layoff 100 more officers but the reality is we would literally have to shut down every other service this city provides to continue doing business the same way we’ve been doing business.”
The Budget and Finance Committee is expected to present its budget plan to the city council in March.