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Police, fire departments compete for funds with other city services

CORRECTION: June 8, 2011

Due to inaccurate information provided by the city, an article that ran on Sunday June 5, 2011, misstated the amount Santa Rosa would save if firefighters gave up deferred raises amounting to 6 percent of salary. It would be $1.2 million.

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Santa Rosa voters last fall passed a quarter-percent sales tax to protect "vital city services" from being gutted.

In just over a week, they'll see if they're getting what they paid for.

The budget debate gripping City Hall for the past several weeks culminates with three days of hearings beginning June 14 that will determine how the $6.5 million in new sales taxes will be spent.


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