Sioux City's police and fire departments could lose positions as the city council looks at ways to balance the budget. Police and fire make up the biggest chunk of the city's operating budget at 71 percent. Up to four positions may be cut through attrition. The police department is proposing to remove its unit that handles many of the drug calls. The fire department could lose its public education officer. The council will set the budget later this month.
Siouxland leaders are working together to set some short-term goals to slow the growth of poverty. City council members, church and school officials, and other local leaders met for a third time Thursday. Goals they've outlined include giving a voice to everyone in economic decisions, establishing a sustainable living wage, developing entrepreneurial opportunities, finding desirable and safe affordable housing, and creating a place to pool resources.
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