November 11, 2008
Imagine having a pile of money, and no way to spend it.
October 14, 2008
It takes a lot of money to run a city, and lately the City Council has been learning how every penny is spent.
The administration’s proposed spending package for 2009 was delivered to the City Council Oct. 6 by Mayor Ava Frisinger, and the following evening council members huddled in the Cougar Room of City Hall to hear department heads describe their own budgets, and lob questions at them.
It was a long night. There are 13 city departments, and spending for each of them requires council review. But that meeting was just the first in a series of exchanges between council members and departments, nonprofit groups and the public.