Everyone is concerned about budget cuts and their effects. No one wants to see services cut, rates raised or fountains turned off. Some alternatives to consider:
Plant wildflowers in boulevard dividers to cut mowing.
Convert city vehicles to propane or, better, switch from diesel to biodiesel. Even better, make your own biodiesel at a cost of about $1 a gallon.
Thin out the zoo herd, selling excess animals, increasing revenue and reducing food and care costs.
Put timers on fountains to run from 7 a.m. to midnight.
Hire a cost-savings consultant who thinks outside the box.
Sometimes it’s difficult to see the forest when you’re so close to the trees. If city leaders keep increasing costs of basic services as their only solution, it will only drive away those citizens they were elected to serve. It’s time to get creative.