Budget cuts include delayed Police and Fire recruit classes

Omaha, NE – The City of Omaha plans to cut more than six million dollars from its fiscal year 2009 budget.

Mayor Mike Fahey announced Tuesday that 74 positions in seven departments will go unfilled, which is estimated to save $2.3 million. The Omaha Police and Fire Departments will both delay recruit classes, and the city's Planning Department will only fill one of three new Housing Inspector positions.

An additional $667,000 will be saved by cutting equipment and vehicles from the Parks and Public Works Departments.

Also, part-time positions within the City Council, Human Resources Department, and Omaha Public Library will be cut.

A city spokeswoman says the cuts do not have to be approved by the City Council.