Beloit police and fire prepare for staff cuts
Sixteen people have died on Rock County roadways so far this year, but it's difficult to know why the rate of fatalities might be a little lower this year. Kyle Geissler reports.
BELOIT The Beloit police and fire departments are being asked to come up with more than $1.3 million in combined cuts to balance the city's budget.
Police chief Norm Jacobs says he will have to cut 10 positions throughout the department, some of them on patrol.
Fire chief Brad Liggett says he expects response times to suffer when he cuts the equivalent of six firefighter positions from his budget. He says the pinch will be felt when the fire department has busy days.
Both departments expect a mix of layoffs and attrition to make up the cuts.
The police and fire departments will be making a presentation to the Beloit City Council on Monday about the organizational structure of both of their departments.
The public will get a chance to provide input before the city finalizes its budget.