June 5, 2017

Provo’s Budget

Its budget time again. I’ve reviewed the first 90 pages of the proposed 2018 budget and the 2017 budget vs. actual income and expenses. The city council asked us all for questions, comments and in put. I emailed them 7 pages of questions and comments. I’m surprised that so many departments missed (over spent) their budgets by $500,000, $1 Million or more. I don’t understand how there could be so many unexpected or unplanned yet essential expenses. Nor do I understand why so many departments were allowed to consume their reserve funds so dramatically. Hopefully I/we’ll get some answers from the council as part of this process.

The life of a candidate for city council is often filled with fun and adventure. Tomorrow, I will be spending 4 hours reviewing presentations on the 2018 proposed budget by a number of city departments – power, parks and recreation, community development, and the library among others. Prudent money management is CRITICAL and this is budget time, so I’m excited to be part of this ‘retreat’….

June 8, 2017

It was informative to attend Provo’s 2018 Budget Retreat (5 hours) this morning. I want to THANK Dave Harding for his report on the 20+ year decrease in our property tax mill rates totaling about 35%. VERY astute, very informative, and CRITICAL as we look to our city’s future.