Decreasing the Red Ink

The city is working hard to close their budget gap. At a recent City Council workshop staff announced the general fund gap is currently at $900,000, quite a reduction from the $11.2 million it had been in the past. The drop in the deficit comes as a result of economic improvements and cut spending.
“It keeps moving because we keep finding new things and because we keep challenging and revising the budget,” said Karen DeAngelis, Director of Finance.

Officials from the city’s departments spoke about what they’re doing to cut costs and generate revenue.

The meeting’s longest discussion was about how to treat the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. The removal of 1,400 trees isn’t currently in the budget. The city would need to hire a contractor to aid in the process, totaling about $1 million.

Staff and councilmen will continue to explore their options and have a number of extra meetings scheduled before finalizing the 2013 fiscal year budget next march.

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