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Rutland eyes 6% budget increase

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RUTLAND, Vt. -

The mayor in Rutland says the cost to run the city in the coming fiscal year will be 19-million dollars -- six percent above this year.

The increase is due in part to hiring new staff to beef up the police department, an increase in the public safety budget and a 10-percent increase in sewer and water rates.  
   
Mayor Chris Louras is proposing cutting personnel from the public works department but some aldermen would rather see capital improvements pushed aside, instead.

"We must fill new positions that are going to affect public safety, crime and quality of life. We have to fill those positions even if it means we have to cut positions that are currently filled in other departments," Louras said.

The Rutland Board of Aldermen will be making final budget decisions Wednesday night. The result will be sent to the voters on Town Meeting Day in March.

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