Contact: David Galin
“The unanimous passage of the 2022 City Budget will bring our residents historic, transformative investments in streets & sidewalks, parks, waste collection, code enforcement, water & sewer infrastructure, public safety, sustainability, and the city’s workforce.
“We want to thank Council Finance Committee Chair and Majority Leader Ginnie Farrell for her leadership, diligence, and hard work during the budget review process, and thank the Council as a whole for unanimously passing this budget.
“At this time, we are reviewing an amendment that was introduced by Councilmember Judy Doesschate for the first time as the budget was being voted on, thereby bypassing any transparent review by the Finance Committee, the Mayor, the Chief Financial Officer, the City’s legal counsel, or the public.
“In presenting the amendment, Councilmember Doesschate mischaracterized revenue replacement funds as fund balance replacement funds and provided no explanation for how the City will operate if it does not fully replace lost revenue as anticipated by the American Rescue Plan. We believe this amendment poses the potential for dire fiscal consequences including layoffs, cuts to essential city services, a reduced bond rating, potential loss of Capital City funding and an increased fiscal stress score, and will be studying its impacts to determine whether it should stand.”