The city manager pitched adding a $10 monthly service fee for all residents at Monday’s work session. The city’s projecting a multi-million dollar budget gap and the new fee would go to help offset potential cutbacks.
“We’re now saying is it time to begin to talk about some revenue generating options that could then help to stave off some of these additional cuts,” Councilor Chris Pryor said. “Anytime you talk about revenue, that’s always going to be a challenging discussion.”
The city manager was quick to point out concessions already made in years past, including slashing the budget $24 million in four years and the elimination of more than 100 positions.
If approved, the money would be used for fire and EMS, human services, economic development and library services.
Councilors pushed for further exploration of the new fee.
Ultimately, it may be on the May ballot.
Councilors would have to make that decision in the next month.