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Councilman seeks zero bump in budget

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
October 14, 2008
— At least two Janesville City Council members on Monday indicated they will take a close look at the 2009 budget, and one said he would ask the administration to come back with a no-increase budget.

George Brunner said the budget contains a 2.3 percent increase in taxes and shifts spending from the operating budget to borrowing.


But Brunner said the economy is bleak and residents are concerned about job losses. Many on fixed incomes are wondering how they will afford any increases.


He worried that shifting the cost of street repair to borrowing will become the norm, and Brunner said he'd prefer to keep those costs in the operating budget.


Brunner said he would like to see no increase and believes that can be accomplished without impacting services.


Tom McDonald said the borrowing would cause problems in the future.


The council will hold its first study session on the budget Wednesday, Oct. 22.


A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 10.



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