For the second time in just over a week
Flagstaff has experienced another water main break. This line break occurred near the hospital, the same area that had a major break just couple years ago. A medical facility was forced to close operations for the day. Several citizens also showed up at tonight’s council meeting telling us of their flooded and damaged homes and threatening possible legal action.
Those of you who have been following me since I was elected to the Flagstaff City Council, and even before, know that one of my top priorities has been our cities budget and the need to focus our resources on our core city services. Now I know that getting funds for filling potholes or replacing pipes in the ground that are rarely seen is not the most exciting thing. It’s hard to compete with some of the more high profile community issues. But the needs for our infrastructure are not going away and they grow greater everyday. I may sound like a broken record but it’s a song I’m willing to repeat as many times as necessary.
A small success that I am very proud of spear heading is the need for an ongoing budget process. In the past, Councils have done three or four long budget retreats during the year. In my opinion, an ineffective budgeting method. This Council has begun meeting monthly to tackle the budget. Our next meeting in December 12th. Unlike the past though we are going through the budget with a fine tooth comb. My hope is that this Council will come to a consensus and reallocate the necessary funding that is needed to address our core services and infrastructure.
As I’ve said many times, these are not easy discussions but they are necessary. We have limited resources and I will continue to advocate for the most prudent use of tax dollars.