Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced a plan to reduce the city's $16 million budget deficit for the coming year. She wants $12 million to come from employee groups, primarily the Fresno Police Officers Association. She says talks are underway.
Mayor Swearengin said, "They are ongoing they are earnest, I think people are really operating in good faith, but that doesn't mean we have agreement."
The city has been seeking about $5 million in cuts in pay and benefits from police officers. Their union president Jacky Parks -- told Action News that informal talks with the city have occurred.
The mayor and city council will be working out the final budget plan over the next month.