Public Safety Likely to Avoid Big Budget Cuts
Local public-safety agencies will be asked to trim, rather than hack, their respective budgets
Council Members Lee Leffingwell and Mike Martinez, who is chair of the task force, agreed that they would not endorse across-the-board cuts to public safety. "I would not support that," said Leffingwell, who noted that he didn't think that "furloughing" city employees and freezing positions, which the city did during the last downturn, was very prudent (it was a "draconian" way to ease the budget, he said, and has left the city woefully short of manpower in certain departments – such as Code Enforcement). Additionally, Martinez said he doesn't necessarily think every department should be subject to the cuts – for example, EMS already canceled one cadet class to save money, and the question remains: "What additional cuts [could we] make without effecting services?" he asked. "I think that's going to be very thin."