Budget-mating Season

Spring is in the air and that means “budget-mating season” at the city…a time when all the City’s spending needs dance around all the City’s scarce resources in search of a balanced budget.

It is also a time for citizens to learn how their tax dollars are being allocated!

When the City Manager recently presented next year’s proposed budget to the Council, it included spending $231.3 million for city services (not including the costs of city businesses like water department or the airport; nor any capital expenditures or debt payments.) Considering Scottsdale has about 220,000 residents, the council will be spending a little over $1,000 per person! Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words…..

Dear Friends…

Spring is in the air and that means “budget-mating season” at the city…a time when all the City’s spending needs dance around all the City’s scarce resources in search of a balanced budget.

It is also a time for citizens to learn how their tax dollars are being allocated!

When the City Manager recently presented nest year’s proposed budget to the Council, it included spending $231.3 million for city services (not including the costs of city businesses like water department or the airport; nor any capital expenditures or debt payments.) Considering Scottsdale has about 220,000 residents, the council will be spending a little over $1,000 per person! Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words:

budgeting-300x246More than half your money …$560 to be exact…will be spent for police, fire, courts and legal expenses (it was less than 50% before the recession.) These are essential services, for sure, and ones we hope we’ll never need!

Several other large pie pieces go to “running the city” …managing facilities, hiring, buying insurance, finance and accounting, planning, development and the like. You might actually be surprised how little of your money …perhaps $150…is spent for the services you rely on and enjoy…libraries, parks, recreation centers, cultural and public arts or social services.

The City provides several opportunities for you to engage in the budgeting process. Public hearings will be held five times: April 29, May 6, May 13, June 3 and June 17 – when the budget is finally adopted.

If you don’t want to get involved in how your $1,000 is being spent, you should hope someone does it wisely on your behalf. If I am elected your Councilman, you can count on my financial experience and integrity to manage your tax money in your economic best interest. That’s why I ask for your vote and your support in the upcoming Council elections.