So here we are – about to start adoption of the final Fiscal Year 2007-08 Budget
for the City of Austin. But, despite there being three days scheduled to do so, odds are your boy won't be typing that long. (I hope not!) The previous couple years were short, sweet and literally scripted; each council member taking turns to announce funds for their pet project, it was like some awesome Christmas morning the kept going.
However, that was then. This budget's been far more politically charged
, with council members bucking against the City Manager's preparation. Plus, as she budgeted most of the discretionary spending already under the auspice of "council priorities," there's far fewer scraps to fight over – a move more Machiavellian readers might ascribe to a divide-and-conquer ideology on Futrell's part.
More in a moment.
Sitting behind the AV control-table, I see iTunes running, raising the frightening prospect of a theme song
. Last year, when the budget was adopted, the PA started blaring – no shit – "My Future's So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades)." Guess "My Future's So Bright (I Got no Choice but to go with the Highest Property Tax to Close a $27 Million Gap") was unavailiable.
Kate Alexander suggests the Star Trek
theme, bringing this whole endeavor full circle
Whole gang is finally on the dais. Should start any moment now …
Wynn has called the meeting to order, describing the process. "Lots of input, lots of analysis … Big and complicated."
Items 1 and 2 pertain to the search for a new City Manger - authorizing up to $40,000 for a search to find Futrell's replacement. And it passes …
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