We must prioritize basic services ahead of the wish list of “wants.”
We are a relatively affluent, high-tax city that falls short in maintaining our infrastructure. Residents have noticed the decline in snow removal service. Road repairs are happening inefficiently, or simply delayed. The loss of city leaf removal has put pressure on older residents and increases waste with the use of bags.
Meanwhile, our university town - full of skills, expertise, and talent - regularly pays hundreds of thousands of dollars for consultants from elsewhere. We need to make better use of our local assets and consider resident needs first.
If we are serious about affordability issues, we must be responsible in spending city funds.