Riverside Mayor Talks About Budget Cuts

Riverside City Mayor Rusty Bailey discusses where the cuts will come from

July 14, 2020
Riverside Mayor Talks About Budget Cuts

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By Steven John

The Riverside City Council passed a 2020-21 budget that reduces spending by 10 percent and repurposes money that had been set aside for two additional police officers who would interact with individuals experiencing homelessness to instead hire nurses or other medical professionals to help.

Riverside City Mayor Rusty Bailey came on the program to discuss the 2020-21 budget and where the cuts will come from.

The Riverside City Council approved delaying action on a new police headquarters for at least a year, saving $2.1 million in the 20-21 budget, and eliminated incentives that could have been used to hire new officers away from other departments.

Listen to the interview in this segment of Eye on the Community.