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RESIDENTS FEAR POLICE-FORCE CUTS

With the city facing a $200,000 revenue shortfall and other budget problems, some residents fear officials will decide to close the gap with cuts in the police force.

But Mayor Clark Davis, who has been blasted in newspaper letters to the editor over reported consideration of police cuts, said no specific reductions have been proposed.Such cuts are only speculation, the mayor said, and no proposals will be made until the formal budget is presented to the City Council at the end of April.

Davis said the city is in a bind because of a combination of increases in costs, including health and accident insurance, plus the $200,000 shortfall. Overall, he said, the city faces almost a $1 million gap.

The police department has suffered five cutbacks in the past two years.