Council members recognize it's an unusual budget year

Monday, April 13, 2009 at 11:12pm

After Mayor Karl Dean approves a version of the Metro School district’s budget, a proposal will move on to Metro Council for a final approval.

Council members in attendance at Monday’s budget hearing with Dean recognized the unusual circumstances of this year’s budget process.

Council member Ronnie Steine said that unless stimulus money can be leveraged into alleviating operating budget expenses, there would have to be cuts. With revenues for Metro government struggling, this is a “historic” budget year, he said.

“The historic nature is so unusual. We’ve got to pull out all the stops to get through the next budget,” he said. “They’re trying to make ends meet just to get through the end of this year. … Unfortunately the schools are in the same boat as everyone else, and that is an environment where … revenues are going to be less.”

Council member Tim Garrett said district administrators should be “trusted” to have corrected their errors in terms of federal funding.

“I think we have to have confidence that the individuals over there have recognized their mistake and have corrected it, and are spending the money the way they’re supposed to now,” Garrett said. “They’ve been notified about it a number of times, and everybody’s taken a shot at them. Hopefully they’ve got that corrected and we move on.”

1 Comment on this post:

By: JeffF on 4/14/09 at 10:02

The legislature is in session, have them adjust the current law funneling the hotel and rental car taxes to the general fund. All you have to do is request and they will rubber stamp it. Win-Win for everyone. Actual government services are kept and local taxpayers do not have to pay for it all. Government should at all times be focused on providing the services it is charged with, not delving into the world of capital building for private industries. Does it buy cars for taxi companies with other people's money? Does it buy rental shoes at bowling alleys with other people's money? Does it buy the display racks at retail stores with other people's money? When did the meeting industry get to be so special? When they learned which candidates would be open to taking contributions?

By: idgaf on 4/14/09 at 10:06

Council member Ronnie Steine said that unless stimulus money can be leveraged into alleviating operating budget expenses, there would have to be cuts.

They are not even trying to conceal that the stimulus package is that anymore. Just a way to cover their uncontrolled spending.

By: idgaf on 4/14/09 at 10:13

wHAT IS WITH THIS cAPTCA bs?