: You can find the city's proposed budget online here
There's no one in City Hall chambers for the budget presentation! No one! Where's Debbie Russell
Alright, more folks have filtered in. Toby Futrell, clad in an intense purple, seems a little subdued, having just returned from the Executive Session where they discussed her replacement.
Description of how the forecast gap was closed: Ooooh, pray tell!
Staff only have four or five months of data on the financial forecast, says Futrell. "This year we closed a $27.5 million shortfall going from forecast to budget
… essentially in line with the past gaps," she says. That 4% of your gross revenue is a real bitch, huh?
An extra $10.9 million from going at the higher rollback rate eats up the share of the "gap."
In summary, the '08 budget is balanced, at the rollback rate, says Futrell.
PowerPoint graphics in budget officer Greg Canally's presentation are mildly vexing, like a half-assed acid flashback. His description of the budget documents is supposed to make things clearer to us, but I find myself buried under an avalanche of wonktitude.
FYI, official title, theme of the budget: "Building a Sustainable Community
." These summer sequels sure are boring …
" inform the budget, Futrell says:
1) transportation mobility issues, 2) growth management,
3) affordable housing,
4) crime, et. al.
Another "survey dimension" is "Customer Priorities:" there, police services rank No. 1.
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