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Ontario’s threats of cuts fade as money moves save services

Ron Verini, the mayor of Ontario, said the cuts made to Ontario's budget could impact lower-income residents. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – The projections from Ontario city officials last fall were dire and continued into the spring.

Unless voters agreed to tax themselves more, city officials said, they had no choice but to make the city less safe and less clean.

“Ontario finds itself in a dire situation to either cut services or find new sources of revenues,” read a sales tax brochure produced by the city last fall. “Recreation programs, police officers, and fire fighters must be cut without additional revenue.”

Voters rejected the proposed 1 percent sales tax, but the city has found a way to continue most services without it, an analysis of the city budget by the Malheur Enterprise has found . . .