More from City Hall: Miller opposes budget (That makes 4)

8:41 p.m.:

Councilwoman Susan Eggman said it is prudent to adopt the budget. “We need to adopt a budget so that those out in the financial world that are watching us know that we have a plan.” To reject the budget will make the city’s problems more severe, she said.

Eggman said to adopt this budget is the “courageous, brave” thing to do.

8:43 p.m.:

Vice Mayor Kathy Miller is up. She said she has “heartburn” over some of the revenue projections in the budget. She said, “I’m most concerned, though, with the process that brought this budget to us.” She said, “There’s been a lack of oversight and management on the reorganization.” She said staff reductions are being considered in departmental vacuums. She said, “Our unwillingness to deal with the reality of our fiscal situation has resulted” in a constant situation of budgeting, layoffs and concessions.

“There’s no end in sight at this point,” she said.

Miller said she believed input by the budget and finance committee “was disregarded, to some degree.” She said, “Our organization is defined by who left.”

Miller said, “I agree with the mayor that this is a living document,” but she said, “A budget should also be a plan to manage us through this economy.”

She said, “This budget does not do that.” She said, “It doesn’t give us any sense of where we’re going to be in a year, let alone two years or three years.”

She said this budget is “doomed to fail.”

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