Maybe the city budget isn’t so tight

When I see things like this in the city council’s consent agenda (Item#1), it makes me wonder just how ‘tight’ the budget is and all these supposed cuts and fee increases. Sure, this was probably budgeted last year, but the council could pull it from the agenda and vote it down, or even push it to next year. I think the Orpheum will be just fine.



4 comments ↓

#1 The D@ily Spin on 05.06.17 at 7:53 pm

Another rigged robbery of public funds? The city credit card is maxed. Contracts are awarded for payment beyond this overextended budget with more debt burden going into the future.

#2 Blasphemo on 05.07.17 at 9:35 am

Regarding Consent Agenda items: prior to Southdacola’s shining the light on the Great Bear “snow cat” purchase and now this item, I’d not paid attention to the value of individual items on the Consent Agenda. I may be a real naïve newbie to municipal budgeting, but burying ANY multiple-six figure expenditure of tax payer money in a rubber stamp multi-item Consent Agenda sounds like utter bullsh_t. More attention/discourse is given to single event liquor license applications at Council Meetings. Looks like a REAL convenient way to sneak through special interest siphoning of taxpayer revenue. “A hundred thousand here…a hundred thousand there. . . pretty soon you’re talking REAL money.”

#3 l3wis on 05.07.17 at 1:39 pm

I think if it is over $20K it should be on the regular agenda.

#4 Theresa stehly on 05.07.17 at 1:54 pm

Excellent observation…. I would love to get a Council member willing to support this as an ordinance, but it may take a petition drive to get the job done.( Or the new mayor could propose it.) I totally agree that we need to vet these expenditures in front of the public..and allow for public input…especially now that we are having to make budget cuts. All City spending needs to be scrutinized for the sake of the taxpayers.

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