The Sunday, January 22nd Camera, described the actions and planning of the City Council that occurred at the retreat they recently held.
I appreciate the process of trying to have an annual City Council focus and the sharing of those objectives with the voters and other residents of Boulder.
I was concerned however about two thing. First the obvious absence, at least reported by the Camera, of any Council goal aimed at reducing City expenditures or redundancy in programs and services and/or at increasing the efficiency of City government operations. Second, Council member Cowles’s and Appelbaum’s recommendation to focus on “diversifying revenue”. Diversifying revenue; what can that possibly mean? Sounds like doubler-talk for raising taxes or creating new or additional fees on something worthwhile, that the citizens or businesses need, that already isn’t taxed, which isn’t much. Isn’t it important for the City Council to set a annual goal of economizing City expenses, especially in times like these. Focus on the top to bottom review of all City programs, eliminating the excess or waste and setting a target to say either hold spending at the status quo or cut spending by X% across the board, rather than to always think that we the citizens support more government programs and expenses that continually grow!