“We do not think this is an austere budget,” Studebaker said. “There were no program cuts. We did try to rein in costs in the personnel area by getting an agreement from the city manager to cut personnel costs by $350,000.”
“We believe overall this is a very balanced budget,” Berg said. “It not only provides our residents with relief on taxes, but it also begins to address some of the long-term issues facing the city.”
Berg added that he felt citizens bringing funding requests to the committee generally understood there were limited resources to pay for extra projects like new artificial turf on one of the school district’s sports fields.
Former committee member Dan Williams also spoke in favor of the recommended budget, including the property tax reduction.
“The dollar amount might not be large, but the message is,” he said.
The Council meeting can be observed at the following site LO City Council June 5 Meeting.