- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Budget cuts recently approved by the Prescott City Council are expected to result in longer response times by the city’s fire department.

The Daily Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1TJppYS ) that the response times are expected to increase to more than 10 minutes.

The response time for structure fires was about 8 minutes and 24 seconds in 2013 and has risen since then.

City officials announced that about $1.2 million would need to be cut from the budget when voters rejected a sales tax proposal in August.

Officials approved cuts in November that included indefinitely freezing three firefighter positions and increase fire-code permit fees to raise about $86,000 more in revenue.


Information from: The Daily Courier, https://www.dcourier.com

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