Marco’s 2010 budget is a done deal

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— At the end of Monday’s City Council meeting, council gave their consensus to end the ongoing cuts to the 2010 budget. Councilman Bill Trotter was adamantly opposed and wanted to cut about $440,000, primarily from ongoing city operations versus projects, to put the money in reserves for anticipated economic decline continuing into fiscal 2011.

Larry Magel said council’s direction and City Manager Steve Thompson’s approach to Trotter’s recommendations did not show “best management practices.”

Vice Chairman Frank Recker said it was time to “put the 2010 budget to bed” so that city operations were no longer frozen and awaiting council’s budget decisions.

Thompson plans to still present his budget cut proposals Dec. 7, but council agreed not to make any more drastic budget changes at that time.

“I have previously directed all departments to freeze further expenditures from accounts that have been voiced as concerns by Council and the community, and expenses that can be deferred until a future time, including training, education, printing, postage, community grants, local and professional memberships, and other expenses,” Thompson wrote in a Weekly Update released Monday evening.

Some argue that it's typical for budgeting to continue throughout the year, while others say it's time to come to a final decision since the budget was adopted as required by law Oct. 1.

Magel says he doesn't think it's really a dead issue even if council doesn't revise the budget based on Trotter's recommendation. "This is going to be major election issue."

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Comments » 2

fortl writes:

let's throw them all out and start again.

Montel writes:

Good idea fortl, are you going to do it for $6k a year? Something tells me you're just a complainer sitting behind your computer and you don't do much else. Put your money where your mouth is and run for office.

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