Proposed Budget For City Of Port Huron Sees $1 Million In Cuts

City Manager James Freed presented the proposed budget to Port Huron city council Monday.  The budget, as it stands currently, includes about $1 million in cuts.  The reduction comes in eliminating 5 positions with the city’s firefighter department, and by charging residents $35 a year to maintain trash and recycling services.  The bulk of the cuts are proposed to occur in the firefighting division, through early retirements of five staff, which will save more than $575,000.  Also through early retirement, the city manager’s assistant position would be eliminated, saving some $50,000.  The fee for trash would generate about $300,000 a year.  The proposed budget would also provide for an additional $500,000 down payment toward unfunded liabilities.  Cuts also will be seen at McMorran, as well as for the parks and recreation department.  A public hearing has been scheduled for May 11, at council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. with adoption of the budget expected to occur Tuesday, May 26.
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