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Billings Fire and Police departments request annual budget from City Council

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Both the Billings Fire Department and the Billings Police Department are making their annual budget requests to city council.
"This year the fire department, you'll actually see a decrease in our budget from last year," Fire Chief Bill Rash said. "And that's pretty much attributed to, we had what's called a special supplemental budget request."
Last year, the Fire Department had some major issues with the self-contained breathing apparatus as well as fire department roofing.
"We needed those things, they were life safety issues or becoming that," Rash said.
Rash said this year, the Fire Department budget will see a 2 percent decrease.       
"In that budget that we're asking for is basically for our personnel, which is about 87 percent of our expenditures," Rash said.
This is the same for the Police Department budget.
"80 percent of our budget is personnel," Police Chief Rich St. John said.
St. John said most of the budget will go toward personnel and normal operating costs.
"As far as getting any new equipment, any big ticket items, we are not asking for."
But both departments say they do hope to add some new positions.
"We are asking for two additional things through our supplemental budget request process," Rash said. "Two positions for the fire department this year. One of those positions is a second Assistant Fire Chief, and another one is for our 911 Supervisor."
"You will hear me talk about 3 additional positions at this council meeting," St. John said. "Specifically we want to add two more Downtown officers that will be working at the Billings Clinic and an 8th school resource officer."

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