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Dunkerton city council debates cuts

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The Dunkerton City Council explored many different options to trim the city's budget, but the final decision on the cuts will be made February 13.

The Dunkerton City Council debated on chopping several items from nearly every city department Monday night. Dunkerton is considering raising sewer rates to attempt to balance the rising costs of water and sewer services. The new water tower, increased usage and the rising cost of chemical purifiers are the cause.

Talk of eliminating the police department has subsided, but proposed cuts would also include the city's police and fire departments.

"I don't know if we can take that much out of the general fund and make it do, so I think we need to go through, maybe do a little more trimming." Mayor Michael Shares said.

The budget discussions will conclude with next week's meeting.

There was some tension at the meeting when one of the city's resident's asked the mayor to step down. The resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told mayor Mike Schares tonight that his recent arrest is a conflict of interest. Mayor Mike Schares was arrested and charged for interference with official acts and harassment of a public official in January.

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