From the City’s website:
This coming Tuesday, the Council will be voting on the fiscal year 2008-09 budget. Working with our City Manager and his staff, the Council was able to hold the tax rate to its current level while maintaining, and in many instances improving, our level of service to the community. Some highlights of the budget include support of the new Fire Station No. 4 construction, associated staffing for the new station, a new fire truck and two ambulances (one for the new station and one replacement), all of which will reduce response times and enhance the provision of emergency services. Further, we have incorporated funding for drainage improvements, street improvements and new water lines. The library renovation and expansion project remains a priority as we look forward to breaking ground this spring. Employee salary and benefits continue to be in line with the market as we seek to minimize turnover and maintain our most valuable resource. Overall, the budget is a structurally balanced financial document that is conservatively based in response to our current economic conditions.