Let’s trade our problems for theirs

Stockton’s budget woes came up in a council meeting up in Kent, a community of 86,000 in King County, Washington. So says this story in the Kentreporter.com about the $600,000 deficit city leaders there are pulling out their hair to reconcile.

The council shivered through a meeting one morning recetly for a study session. The article says they turned down the heat to save money. Police use 8-year-old computers.

According to the story, Police Chief Ken Thomas said:

He … had been looking at other cities with serious budget problems, including Stockton, Calif. Thomas said after cuts to police and fire there was a sign put up in Stockton calling the city the second most dangerous city in California.

“I never want to see Kent come to that point,” Thomas said. “These may be some stop-gap measures. They are just some of the ideas out there.”

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