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Proposed city budget slashes spending by 15 percent

Modified: Friday, Jun 14th, 2013

City Manager Rick Olson on June 12 presented city council with a proposed 2013-14 budget of $17.7 million, a 15.3 percent decrease in spending from the current year

Dugan Warner, one of three new members of the council, asked for a more detailed look at the spending plan. Olson said councilors can meet individually with him and/or Linda Watson, the city’s finance director, to discuss the budget prior to their next meeting.

At that meeting, on June 26, council can discuss the plan as a body and grant preliminary approval.

Final approval of the budget will take place in July, according to Olson.

Last year, council approved a $20.9 million budget.

Before the meeting, Warner and Levi Tappan took the oath of office as new council members, and Mayor Bill Diak was sworn in for a second term. Mike Bryan, the third new councilor, was not at the meeting because he was on his honeymoon.

Outgoing councilor Vida Makowski was given a plaque in recognition of her service. The other two, Lyle Dimbatt and John Mayes, were not there.

(For more on the city budget, see the June 19 edition of the Chronicle.)

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