When do we make the tough economic decisions needed and stop hoping and praying things will just change?
Our City continues to fall tens of millions behind in obligations, repairs, maintenance etc. This has been growing larger and larger since the 2008 economic collapse and appears to be the new budgetary reality.
From today’s Daily Sun by Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Councilmember Jeff Oravits pointed out that the city wouldn’t be able to continue to afford the one-time $5 million salary increase and an additional $1 million salary increase each year in order to keep up with the market.
“This is unsustainable,” he said.
City Manager Kevin Burke agreed.
“It is unsustainable, but this isn’t sustainable either,” Burke said referring to the current salary situation. “We can’t get out of the incrementalism of the market. We need some new financial model to break out of this.”
In the coming weeks I will be recommending millions of dollars in cuts and reallocations.
Time to protect Flagstaff’s future with tough choices today.
Staff to Flagstaff City Council: Raise pay: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_8c9e8a24-92e5-11e3-b148-001a4bcf887a.html