- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - The Gillette City Council has decided not to reduce its $335,000 annual support to Gillette College.

The Gillette News Record reports (http://bit.ly/1WWguJd ) that the decision comes as the council faces 40 percent cuts in the city budget.

Proponents of not cutting the aid to the college say its services are needed now to help the community deal with layoffs and an uncertain future in jobs.

Mayor Louise Carter-King says this is a time when the community needs the college the most, such as for job retraining and economic development efforts.

But two members of the council opposed giving the college the full support.

Councilman Robin Kuntz noted that core operations like police and fire are being cut and that the college isn’t the responsibility of the city council.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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