City Council will have its third and final reading before it votes to approve the 2008 budget. This will NOT be a public hearing.
Last night at the public hearing, the Mayor indicated that he received conflicting direction from the people. He heard people say that they want the city to tighten its entire budget and do more with less, while other people said they wanted more spent in certain areas. I believe that the focus of the public hearings was for the residents to tell the city where to place its spending emphasis. Obviously, we cannot spend more than we have. I heard the residents say that they want sacrifices to be made by the administration, particularly within City Hall, in order to free up funding for police, fire and street repairs. I did not hear conflicting direction.
We had a great turnout last night. There were many positive ideas expressed. Even the Chronicle Telegram picked up that the emphasis demanded by the residents are police-fire-streets. If you were at the meeting last night, tell us what you heard the residents tell Council and the administration.