City commissioners began the arduous process of finding the money to maintain city services in an economic climate only slightly less bleak than last year. In the first of a series of budget workshops, finance director Steven Carr brought “a little bit of good news,” that the assessed value of properties in the city had increased just over 4 percent this year. That increase amounts to $258,000 in the city’s $30.3 million general fund.
City Manager Mike Bornstein reported that city staff was able to trim expenses by $1 million from last year’s budget, which he described as “a good starting point for us. We’re pretty well at the bottom of our contraction.”
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