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2018 Proposed Operational Budget Cuts

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Despite the proposed mill rate being flat, or decreasing if the BOC SOMR is adopted and acted upon, the reality is that our operating budget is going up. Some of that increase is due to things we can not change, or due to priorities we hold dear, such as education, or both.

We also have some structural decreases that are masking the extent to which our budget is increasing. And an increase this year becomes the baseline against which next year's budget will be evaluated. This the "magic of compound interest" but as an expense.

I urge you to spend some time with the budget information we've been provided. While I do not expect large cuts proposed, there are worrisome pattern, trends, and individual Line Items. To that end, I will be proposing a series of small, targeted cuts.

Two points on the process -
1) The choice of Line Item to cut within a Department can be arbitrary and/or expedient. Article 2 Section 30.d allows for the reallocation of funds within a Department.
2) There is nothing really wrong with cutting too much. That essentially happened with the Registrar of Voters this year. Additional appropriations can be requested during the year. Yes, there is a process that needs to be followed. That process makes the additional spending highly visible. High visibility to our marginal spending is a good thing.

Thank you for your consideration,

Brian Raney
District 9