IMPORTANT 5:00PM Council Meeting TOMORROW (2/25/14) regarding our unsustainable budgetary situation.
At the February 7th budget retreat Council was told in no uncertain terms that as a City Flagstaff has more financial obligations than money coming in.
Because of this situation, I have recommended a 1% reallocation of the general fund budget, approximately $600,000, for FY2015, to be reallocated to the identified council priorities proportionally; streets/infrastructure and compensation.
As for what to cut in order to accommodate the reallocations in FY2015, I will leave that to staff to bring to Council several suggestions. Staffing levels addressed through attrition may be one avenue that may accomplish the 1% goal but I am open to suggestions.
I further recommend that for FY2016 budget cycle we return to the process used to craft the FY2014 budget in which each department came before Council to justify their budget, the needs of that department and services and service levels provided to Flagstaffs residents.
I will be looking for SUPPORT of two of my colleagues on this proposal tomorrow.