After two days of meetings regarding the proposed 2014 budget, I am encouraged that Flagstaff is heading in a better fiscal direction. Some of the encouraging changes that have occurred in this budget;
– A three fold increase in spending on our streets.
– Over $400,000 in capital reserves set aside.
– No increase in the amount residents will pay in property taxes.
– An increase in both snow plow and street sweeping services, this was cut back last year. I have advocated to increase this after clear problems the decrease in services presented this year.
– A cut in food/catering expenditures for Council and staff.
– Reallocation of funds from the sustainability division towards graffiti abatement and forest thinning within city limits.
As we get closer to adopting the final 2014 budget in June, I’ll write about some more of the changes that have taken place.
Clearly though, with a 3 fold increase in spending on our streets, no increase in the amount residents will pay in property taxes and hundreds of thousands of additional dollars set aside for capital reserves, the proposed budget is a big step in the right fiscal direction.