City proposes $22.1 million budget

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

City officials expect no major changes in spending during the next fiscal year as they highlighted their expected $22.1 million budget last week.

A public hearing on the proposed budget begins at 6 p.m. Monday at the city council's chambers on South 3rd East Street next to city hall.

Scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, the overall spending plan reflects a nearly $4 million increase in expected expenditures compared to the current fiscal year.

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    hmm one way to reduce costs might be to stop all the city officials and workers from taking city vehicles home every night. I am not talking about police but maybe some can explain why streets, water and building workers get to take vehicle home. I spent 20+yrs in military and had to respond to both local and national emergencies in my vehicle. Why can't these people do the same? Just saying...

    -- Posted by B Mullen on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 10:08 PM
  • Public hearing on the budget was last night. For the fifth consecutive year, not one citizen provided input at the hearing. Just saying...

    Your question about vehicle use has already been asked and answered in a city council meeting. The folks at City hall will be happy to steer you in the right direction if you would like the answer.

    -- Posted by Councilman Schroeder on Tue, Aug 9, 2011, at 10:54 AM
  • Thanks for the update Councilman, I cant figure out why no one asks questions when we get that kind of response, Just asking. PS just voting too.

    -- Posted by R&M on Tue, Aug 9, 2011, at 12:40 PM
  • When questions are asked at the public meetings, they are answered at the meetings. That is why we have them, have them in the evenings, post the agendas more than 24 hours in advance and strictly follow Idaho Open Meeting law- so that the public can participate in their government and make a difference. Mr Guy here came to one of our meetings and provided input and suggestions on how better to manage snow removal. Eagle Eye came to a meeting with questions about city vehicle use, and his question was answered. The venue for that interaction is at city hall during the day, or at the meetings when meaningful debate occurs and votes are taken.

    I'll be voting too, for one or two of the three people currently running for the two council seats up for election, one of which I am vacating at the end of my term. Will we see your name on the ballot, also?

    -- Posted by Councilman Schroeder on Tue, Aug 9, 2011, at 1:06 PM
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    I have to agree with Councilman Schroeder, I have been to a number of meetings and have asked questions on vehicle and their use, different items about their website, even on speed limits that did go thru the Traffic Safety Board and they agreed and it went to State and they disapproved it but at least I tryed. Haven't been to many meeting lately due to some of my health problems, not a case I just gave up on the City Council and Mayor cause I couldn't get any answers, I always did not of them to my liking but not going to get them to agree with everything. I have also gone down to see the Mayor on questions or a complain I may have had, and phoned also. I was never turned down to see the Mayor or him to return a phone call.

    -- Posted by Eagle_eye on Tue, Aug 9, 2011, at 2:17 PM
  • Threat fail. But nice try R&M. So now it's HOW you get a response that matters not THAT you get a response? Maybe the city council meetings should be held under a rainbow on a carpet of snow white clouds with harps playing in the background and everyone can speak in whispers so as to not upset your genteel sensibilities. You attack the tone of the response only because you don't like the answer. It's shameful that more of us don't show up at those meetings, so don't start dropping your voter threats when someone points it out and you rightfully feel guilty.

    -- Posted by CountryDweller on Tue, Aug 9, 2011, at 2:46 PM
  • Feeling just fine Country Dweller. Yep it is how as well as the response, guess I am old fashioned but when Old guy asked a question the answer should be an answer, not you shoulda come to the meeting.

    -- Posted by R&M on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 2:33 PM
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