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Council struggles to avoid bigger tax increase, staff cuts

Councilors want to save heavy resuce operations, but alternatives in short supply

7:00 PM, Nov. 1, 2013
The Oshkosh Fire Department's heavy rescue truck at the scene of a two vehicle crash on Jackson Street in March 2010.
The Oshkosh Fire Department's heavy rescue truck at the scene of a two vehicle crash on Jackson Street in March 2010.
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The Oshkosh Common Council is stuggling with a looming decision between cutting firefighters, raising taxes and fees, or finding other cuts in a tough 2014 budget.

No one on the council wants to cut the firefighter positions, but no one wants to raise taxes more to fund those positions either.

Councilors find themselves with few palatable alternatives that would cut a significant amount of spending, and intend to find a way to retain the department's heavy rescue vehicle operators without having to increase taxes anymore than proposed by City Manager Mark Rohloff. The draft budget would ...

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