To All COLA LO Members,
The Citizens Budget Committee (CBC) reviewed the city managers proposed budget and made many modifications to it in recommending a budget to the city council.
Several articles on the details of the budget have been presented in the media. They include an Oregonian article: Council Cuts Staff Positions. Many of the articles focus on staff reductions in an attempt to "spin" the decisions in the budget rather than address the direction of the budget and the issues behind it.
In another article Council Adopts Budget the LO review presents a clear picture of the issues and also broader support for the budget process.
Overall there was broad level support for the process across the entire community and the city council.
The new process was supported as more inclusive of all the stakeholders in the community with a variety of views being discussed by the committee. Many believe this is what produced a council vote that approved the CBC recommended budget without changes for the first time in four years.
Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.