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Packed house talks budget at Evanston Rec Center

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati residents packed the Evanston Recreation Center Thursday night to give their thoughts on the city's budget.

Council voted on Wednesday on cutting $20 million from the budget. On Thursday, they also discussed what's going to happen in 2010.

Those who attended the forum were worried about even more cuts, from police and fire to parks and recreation, and also layoffs and furloughs.

Residents say they are becoming frustrated with a lack of city service.

"The city administration past and present has screwed this up and now they want the city employees to help make up the difference and we didn't make the problems or cause the mistakes," said city resident Charles Dorcas. "We put in our fair and share and the city has to step up and do their part."

Councilmembers say they will hold more public forums later this year to talk more about the 2010 budget.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati Police are meeting Thursday morning to talk about job cuts.

The department may have to cut 100 officers because a $3 million justice department grant isn't likely.

Chief Tom Streicher is thinking about furloughs and using fewer officers. City manager Milton Dohoney says officers could be cut even if the police union agrees to take furloughs.

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