LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bell’s interim city manager has proposed stabilizing the scandal-wracked Los Angeles suburb’s shaky financial position with a balanced budget that eliminates several high-ranking administrative and police positions, makes other cuts and uses federal grant money to pay some police officers’ salaries.

The budget, which reduces projected city expenditures by more than $5.5 million, or almost a third of what they were before, is expected to be taken up by Bell’s City Council next week.

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The modest, blue-collar suburb found itself as much as $4.5 million in debt as the result of a corruption scandal in which the city’s previous top officials were accused of looting the treasury to pay themselves huge salaries.

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Eight former Bell officials are awaiting trial on dozens of felony fraud charges.

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