Every year on the day before the proposed city budget is released, TV 7 does the obligatory "what are you looking for ?" interview before the budget entrails are laid out for reading Monday night.
Every year I tell them a budget is a forecast of revenue and a plan for spending with the difference becoming the portion of revenue made up by the property tax levy. If you follow the variables month to month, the end result is less of a mystery and more a question of philosophy in how you cast the end result.
One can be cautious and attempt to build a nest egg for future woes or you can cut the levy based on strong current year numbers.
Any proposed budget is really the result of policies and practices developed over years. With that said, my goal is to pass the budget quickly and keep the Council focused on the city manager recruitment process.
Speaking of deadlines, this Friday is the final day to recieve applications, and the process of winnowing the field should begin next Monday.
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