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City’s financial future bleak without ‘drastic’ changes, mayor says

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WENATCHEE — It’s time to face the facts, Mayor Frank Kuntz says. The city’s economy can no longer support current government services.

If the trend of rising costs and declining revenues continues, the city budget will have a $2.2 million deficit within five years. The cumulative deficit will approach $7 million by 2019.

Without changing the way the city does business, Kuntz said he will have to lay off three to four employees every year to balance the budget.

Instead,…

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