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December 14, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Bellevue cuts police and fire jobs to balance budget

Bellevue city officials are eliminating at least 17 jobs and could axe more, including four bicycle-patrol police officers and eight firefighters, in order to balance the 2011-12 budget.

If police and firefighter positions are eliminated, it will be done without layoffs through attrition and by leaving vacancies unfilled, city spokesman David Grant said Wednesday.

City Manager Steve Sarkozy is studying how to close a remaining $1.6 million budget gap out of what was initially a $6.5 million shortfall.

The City Council voted Monday to charge a fee when citizens are transported to hospitals by Fire Department emergency medical technicians for non-life-threatening conditions. The fee of $600 plus $14 per mile is expected to raise $1 million.

Citizens with life-threatening conditions will still be transported to hospitals without charge.

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