Citizens, city employees and representatives of stakeholder groups are welcome to share their initial reactions to Mayor Carty Finkbeiner's proposed 2008 Operating Budget.
The City welcomes your input.
There are many interesting and challenging commitments in the proposal, from the new direction in refuse collection (phasing in automation), new intergovernmental relationships (especially in criminal justice), the new Police and Fire classes, the continuation of the garbage tax - and many more.
Personally, I'm impressed that overall General Fund spending rises only 1.7% over 2007. (After much larger increases in spending in 06 and 07.) And I appreciate the Mayor giving this budget proposal more time and attention than last year's submission, reflected in the fact that this is indeed a 'balanced budget' proposal with several new directions for us to consider.
Along with areas of agreement and certain disagreement, Council members and engaged citizens should appreciate the efforts of the men and women who developed this budget proposal, made it available on-line immediately (a first), and who will work with all of us in the upcoming weeks and months as we analyze, challenge and debate the priorities of the City of Toledo as reflected in the 2008 Operating Budget.