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Oroville police and fire departments fight huge budget cuts

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jun 18 2013 06:38:17 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2013 06:41:38 PM CDT
OROVILLE, Calif. -

The City of Oroville has to fill a gap of $2 million and will likely be forced to cut both police and fire services.

Officials at Oroville police tell us the City of Oroville told the department that due to the city's financial difficulties, police department funding would have to be cut by $855,000.

The fire department is being asked to cut about half of that – about $412,000 – but the police department is not buying that the cuts need to be made.

The department hired a third party consultant and he said the City of Oroville is in good shape and there is no need for public safety agencies to be cut.

"It really contradicts the information that we are being provided by the city,” said President of Oroville Police Association David Bryning, “so we do not agree with any layoffs, at this time, that they are proposing."

“They haven't looked at the next year which is the proposed budget being proposed by the city council where it has grown to $2 million because we waited,” said Interim City Administrator Peter Cosentini. “And when you're in deficit spending, the worst thing you can do is wait."

Oroville police said they will have to cut two to six jobs, depending on how the city council votes.