City adopts budget, public safety still a concern

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Grand Junction City Council unanimously voted to adopt the 2019 budget Wednesday evening -- but like any budget this size, it didn't come without criticism.

A little more than 30 percent of the budget focuses on public safety and more than 40 percent on planning and infrastructure, but some city council members say that isn't enough.

Several said they wanted to see more dollars put into public safety instead of into things like education. Members of the public also shared those concerns.

"Some of the budget, I don't exactly agree with,” Lewis Baker, said. “I really do think that we could have more public safety just like the mayor and several other councilmen spoke about tonight.”

This is the end of a months-long process by the city to finalize the budget. They have taken comments from people in the public several times throughout that process.

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