INKSTER (WWJ/AP) – As much as half of Inkster’s police force could be cut under a budget passed Thursday night by the City Council.

WWJ’s Rob Sanford reports a part of the new spending plan, which takes effect on July 1, calls for a $2 million cut in the Police Department budget as part of an effort to avoid a state-appointed emergency financial manager.

A cut of that size will mean layoffs in a police department that has seen personnel reductions in recent years.

While the number of layoffs haven’t been determined yet, there are reports it could be up to 21 officers and four civilian employees.

In the meantime, the city is currently at the bargaining table with the police union to seek some concessions. But even if they do, there’s no guarantee layoffs won’t take place.

City officials say they may look at a public safety merger with another nearby community.

In March, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Inkster was in severe financial stress. A consent agreement, however, staved off an emergency manager appointment. Under the deal, officials must provide the state with detailed plans for reduced spending or increased revenue to improve its budget.

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