If the Desert Trail’s Rebecca Unger keeps up with the great reporting on the City Hall she may be kicked to the curb and relegated to posting on Cactus Thorns. She is beginning to be my literary hero as of late. This weeks report on the City Council Meeting is superb and right on the money.
In reporting of the approval of the 2012/13 $9.8 million budget Unger reported that the $1.7 Million raid of the city’s $12 million reserves had the Kibosh put to it. Much to the dismay of City Manager Warne.
“I think we should see the final budget before we vote on it,” Corbin stated in his dissenting opinion.
“This budget is a living document,” Councilman Jim Harris asserted. “Even if we vote tonight to approve everything in this budget, the council can go back and review it and make changes.”
It was agreed that wish-list projects in the “living document” could be added back if cash flow allowed. Unger wrote.
“For fiscal year 2012, we project that $990,000 was spent on capital projects,” Warne said. “Our operating costs are flat with last year.”
You can read Rebecca Unger’s entire article in this weeks Desert Trail.