Friday, November 16, 2007

First Impressions, Appreciation

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.

4 comments:

Greenracks said...

Will the newly elected members (who aren't in office) be part of the process?

Councilman Frank Szollosi said...

Absolutely. They all have budget books, and have already made valuable suggestions that are being considered. Of course, the budget won't be approved before they get sworn in, so they'll vote on the final version in early 2008.

Maggie Thurber said...

Can you please post the budget hearing dates in the side column when they're scheduled?

Thanks!!!!

Lisa Renee said...

Frank, first of all thank you for doing this blog, many of us in the blogosphere, even those of us who are not "a little bit more libertarian and a little harder on public officials" appreciate the fact that you are doing this as a way to share information.

I do agree with you that we should appreciate the fact that the Mayor not only provided the budget early but did take some thought in the creation of it.

I look forward to the future discussions and to sharing ideas as well as learning about ideas that you, other council members and our community have to share.

I'll be happy to do whatever I can as far as helping to promote when you are going to have future hearings.