Dubuque looks at cuts in police and fire departments

(Dubuque-AP) -- Dubuque is trying to soften the blow of state
budget cuts on police and fire services, but officials warn cuts in
manpower are possible.
The city needs to find two-point-six (m) million dollars to
offset state aid.
The City Council was told this week that salaries for about ten
police officers need to be eliminated to cut nearly 800-thousand
dollars from the police department's budget.
Police Chief Kim Wadding says his department already is
short-handed -- three officers recently resigned while three others
are on military duty.
The fire department has been asked to cut nearly 650-thousand
dollars from its budget. Fire Chief Dan Brown says he doesn't know
where those cuts will be made.

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