The city manager in Traverse City has suggested eliminating two jobs in the police department and two in the fire department. The budget recommendation made Monday night is to cut seven jobs altogether and cut support for the History Center of Traverse City and the ski program at Hickory Hills. Altogether the city would save $625,000 under the proposed budget.
Leaders of the History Center have known for some time that the city plans to reduce support for their organization. They're asking the Downtown Development Authority to pick up some of that. Bob Knechel is president of the History Center's board. He says there is a need for family-friendly activities in the downtown area and the History Center is trying to offer those.
"That has driven us in a sense to look at things like the Lego Carnival we have going on right now."
More than a third of the History Center's budget has come from the city. A meeting with the DDA board on Friday is set to discuss the center's financial needs and plans for the future.