The City Council's Budget Wish List
Curious to see which council member wants what program reinstated to City Manager Mary Suhm's proposed FY2009-2010 budget, which the council will vote on one week from tomorrow? Then you're in luck: Tomorrow, the council will discuss during its briefing session their budget amendments, which call for reinstating everything from Park and Recreation programs to Office of Cultural Affairs staff to library materials to ... well, from the looks of Tennell Atkins's proposal, pretty much everything.
Atkins has $8 million worth of add-ons -- which he suggests paying for by raising the property tax rate by one cent. Which won't pass this council, but could make for interesting chit-chat. Dave Neumann also has a money-making suggestion: When Atmos Energy's franchise contract expires with the city in December, raise the fee by one percent. Mr. Neumann, Bob Best on Line One.