DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Firefighters and city officials might have found a way to reduce the fire department’s budget. It will see $700,000 in cuts.
Officials said they’ve reached a tentative agreement on how to make those. They still haven’t released all the details, but fire officials said the budget cut will definitely mean staff cuts. And the cuts are not just for this year, but also going forward.
The department hopes to present the budget proposal firefighters on Friday. They expect to finish voting by July 17. If they approve it, the city council could vote on the proposal the next day.
Budget cuts are nothing new to the department. That’s what forced them to close Station 4 on East Main Street. It shut down Saturday. But this morning, there were two fires in that area. One of those was on Kentucky Street. The owner of the house says he can’t help but wonder what if.
“Honestly, I don’t know what to say. I’m really at loss with words here because maybe if it had been open, they could have responded in a more timely manner and my place would not be in shambles, which it is.”
The city recently extended the deadline for firefighter applicants. Instead of cutting it off at the end of June, people now have until the end of august to apply. From January to June, the city only received one application.