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Group protests possible budget cuts in Paso Robles

Posted at 11:35 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 17:58:06-04

People gathered outside of the Paso Robles City Hall on Sept. 15 to protest potential budget cuts.

Organizers said this is a peaceful rally meant to send a message that recreation and library services are vital to the continued health and well-being of the community.

One person attending said the Parks and Recreation Department offers programs for communities to connect.

"These should not be defunded, we need to fully fund them and there's other ways that we can find to cut from the budget rather than get rid of services our community desperately needs," Paso Robles Girls Softball Vice President Chris LaPraim said.

The Paso Robles City Council voted at the Sept. 15 meeting for the City Manager to visit departments to identify further savings, with no cuts to police or fire, and revisit the item at the beginning of next year.

The measure passed 3-2.