On Tuesday, the Council devoted much of its Work Session to budget discussions. Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Administrative staff joined the Council for an early budget conversation—a significant opportunity for the Mayor and Council to come together before the Citywide budget process is in full swing to talk about opportunities, needs and priorities. Discussion included one-time funding options and information about ongoing funding streams as well as forecasts for the coming year based on current year trends.
Additionally, Council staff presented budget tools and potential funding needs in coming years, with conversation centering on the possibility of using new funding sources, such as sales tax or a general obligation bond for infrastructure, public safety and transit in addition to covering existing budget needs.
During the RDA Board meeting, the Board discussed potential new RDA project areas and how to prioritize them in coming years.
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