UPDATE: Wheeling Police, Fire Departments Speak Out on Proposed Budget Cuts
On Wednesday, Wheeling Council members and concerned residents were in chambers once again as council reviewed proposed budget cuts for the city.
The Wheeling fire and police departments were asked to present alternative options, instead of cutting positions. One option presented was to raise sales tax, and another was to think about future royalties coming in from oil and gas. But, the biggest point that came out of Wednesday's meeting was the importance of coming together. "We're all trying to work together. We're not going to sit here fighting against each other is not going to work, so we're trying to come to a resolution that's good for everybody," said Tom Howard, of the Wheeling Police Department.
No final decisions were made, as officials plan to reconvene again sometime in the next couple weeks.