DETROIT
05/25/2012 08:04 am ET

Detroit City Council OKs $1.12B Budget With Severe Cuts To Firefighters, EMS, Jobs, Parks, Many Services

By Matt Helms and Suzette Hackney

Detroit's human services department will be eliminated, the transportation and lighting departments will be privatized, and 2,600 jobs will be cut -- including EMS and firefighters -- under a $1.12-billion budget sent Thursday to Mayor Dave Bing by the City Council.

Frustrations boiled during more than two hours of council discussion about the 2012-13 budget, which includes many of the nearly $250 million in spending reductions proposed by Bing.

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