A one billion (that’s one thousand millions) dollar budget has been approved by the Council for the City of Tucson. Boy Howdy, that’s a bunch of money! The Federal budge ammount has always been incomprehensible, and now, so is our city’s.
The good news is that there are no huge increases, or new spending – only nominal increases in police and fire. Wait, can this be true? I thought this was a Blue County? What happened to subsidising the breakdown of the family, supporting illegal immigration, and “public art”. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen any good “public art” since the sewer statue at Glenn and Mountain came down.
Anyway, I like the “back to basics” approach to dispensing tax money. The Council is developing some libertarian tendencies; well, four out of seven are. Jose Ibarra and Steve Leal followed their usual socialist tendencies and voted “No” without comment – though in the past they have complained about insufficient funds for recreation services and other stuff that belongs in the private sector. Joining the in the “No” vote was Shirley Scott, who kept her committment to vote against anything with a garbage fee (someone ought to tell her that she’ll never get anywhere in politics if she’s preoccupied with committments). Wildcard Carol West joined Kathleen Dunbar, Fred Ronstadt, and Uncle Bob Walkup in voting “Yes”.
I’m not quite sure what to make of this. Have the Republicans gained new respect for the taxpayer? Have they, unlike their national level counterparts, the confidence to do the right thing? Will we see smaller municipal budgets with concommitant tax reductions in the future? Well, perhaps not, but if you like this direction, remember their vote when you vote in November. That vote will determine the fate of Dunbar, Ronstadt, and Leal – all of whom are up for re-election.