City budget cuts put before district pols
Is the $6 million in city spending cuts and delays sufficient?
Tom Kenyon — Couldn’t be reached for comment.
Ken Sublett — “I think I am very, very suspicious that the cuts (City Manager) Laurie (Kadrich) has made are not going to be enough. I suspect there will have to be more cuts made. But until we get in a really tight jam, that’s Laurie’s issue ... I think we are better off as a community to let her do her job before we get politicians involved in it.”
Bonnie Beckstein — “The reduction in sales-tax revenue is a concern, but to react after only (two) months of a decline in sales tax revenue is too reactionary ... If we see a continual decline in sales-tax revenue, we need to respond to that situation as we are given that information. I don’t believe we should be reactionary. It would create more problems than it would resolve.”
Reford Theobold — “Part of my frustration with ($4 million in spending delays) is not only do I think it was too little, but it wasn’t serious enough, because you can’t delay spending forever. All these delayed purchases, like buying that new dump truck, eventually the costs for the old one and keeping it operating is just going to exceed the cost of buying a new one. So you can’t just delay forever.”
Teresa Coons — “I guess I would say that probably what the city manager has done is a prudent measure. Our sales-tax revenue is below what we projected, but we have pretty healthy reserves in all of our funds. Nobody knows, of course, how long this downturn is going to occur, but we’re not in any immediate danger of going bankrupt.”
Roland Cole — “I have a tough time making a statement on that simply because I don’t have all the information. Yes, I think cuts have to be made, and sometimes they’re difficult. Yes, I think (Kadrich) is right in cutting the budget. Whether it’s sufficient, without seeing the figures in detail, I can’t say.”
Bill Pitts — “I’ve got to admit I’m ignorant. I think my concern right now is just to get elected and then see the budget. I don’t know what the budget is, I don’t know what’s proposed, and I don’t know what the cuts are.”
Sam Susuras — Couldn’t be reached for comment.