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Budget rants and raves

After watching three days of budget discussions, I have a list of things that made me happy as well as things that made me very angry. Submitted for your (dis)approval, my 2018 Budget Rants and Raves.

(admittedly, it’s mostly rants)

There is plenty of fodder in here for every individual to agree with me on some points and disagree on others. No one who reads this should expect to come away satisfied. Just sayin’.

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Understanding the (overbudget) Judgment and Claims Fund

The biggest piece of bad news in the proposed budget package that Mayor Burgess delivered to the City Council was a big deficit in a line-item that almost no one has heard of: the Judgment and Claims Subfund. Subsequently, it became a point of debate between the two candidates for City Attorney, incumbent Pete Holmes and insurgent Scott Lindsay, with accusations that Holmes has been mismanaging his budget for outside counsel.

Let’s dig in to the Judgment and Claims Fund, look at what it is (and isn’t), and understand why it’s so far over budget this year.

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