Sunnyside closer to passing budget

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- Sunnyside is one step closer to next year's budget after Thursday night's packed public meeting.

No formal decisions were made but there was a lot of negotiating.

A poll showed council is not in favor of cutting the deputy police chief.

Council is in favor of a utility tax increase between 6 and 18 percent.

Firefighters are willing to forgo cost of living expense increases.

Council says they need to make up about $1.7 million through higher revenue and cuts.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 27.