By Wes Wolfe
“No. 1, I believe this budget has a lot of things that could be trimmed,” Commissioner Bradley Bean said. “I’ve gone through it with my No. 2 pencil, and I’ve identified a million dollars in items that I believe — and we all might agree on — shouldn’t be in this budget.”
The second reason, he said, was the “manna from heaven” that are the dollars from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act.
“Over $3 million (available), which we established last meeting has no strings attached,” Bean said.
“That $3 million is something that worries me, because if we raise taxes this year and we treat this $3 million as simply part of the budget, we’re going to be in a world of hurt next year when we do not get that $3 million.”
Either reason alone would be a good reason to vote against the proposed rate, Bean said.
The rate proposed is flat compared to 2021-2022, though it results in more revenue, which the state calls a tax increase.
“I think we’re all open to hearing proposals (on the budget),” Mayor Mike Lednovich said.
“This is a tentative millage rate, until we start to debate the merits of what the city manager has brought before us. This vote is just tentative, it’s not the final millage rate, and the final items in the budget are yet to be determined.”