Is it just me or is time speeding up? Either these days are getting shorter or my schedule is getting fuller. I’ll bring you up to speed on what has been happening lately. First, I am working from the council chambers today so you are welcome to stop in and let me know what is on your mind. You can also call my cell phone if you don’t want to drive to city hall. That number is (801)-564-9342.
We are moving through the budget process and we lost a bit of time this year for various reasons. To be clear, the budget is a MAJOR PRIORITY! In fact the budget is THE MAJOR PRIORITY. Because we have gotten a little behind, we will be holding a special city council meeting where we will give a presentation and discuss the budget more thoroughly as staff and elected officials. (Thanks for the recommendation Council-member Burnham) That meeting will be on the April 29th at 4:00 PM. This will be a work session only, with no action to be taken, just good discussion and council feedback.
Here is the 30,000 ft. view of the budget. This year we will spend (with council approval) a significant sum of money on our roads. Now I know what you are thinking, and don’t worry because we are not going to borrow a dime for this project. We will be using our fund balance and we have made room by pulling back other places in the budget.
We may not realize it, but there is a direct correlation between our satisfaction with where we live and the condition of the roads we use to travel there. Right now, Pony Express Parkway is failing in some places and that needs to be corrected before it becomes more expensive. One other area where we hope to spend funds is our irrigation system. (So we can stop watering our roads). We hope to better manage our water resources so that we are not wasting as much water, and so that we can prevent damage to our roads.
There are many other items on the budget this year and the name of the game is to think efficiency and long term cost savings. This spans many different topics so I won’t dig in here, but if you come out to the meeting on the 29th of April we’ll share all of that with you. That meeting will be recorded as well. I hope to see you there!