The City Council, meanwhile, has raised few objections about those hikes and pressed pause on debates with Biskupski about subsidizing golf courses and bonding to improve the city's streets. Council members have found little room to maneuver in a budget they've described as tight.
City spokesman Matthew Rojas said longer-term city staff have described it as "one of the smoothest budget processes they've gone through."
"The council has asked good, well-reasoned questions," Rojas said. "Nothing has made us feel terribly uneasy."
Council Chairman Stan Penfold announced at last week's work session that the council and administration have agreed to keep Rose Park Golf Course in the golf enterprise fund rather than move it to the general fund, which Biskupski had proposed in defiance of stated council policy.
The city is still expected to subsidize the course to the tune of $400,000, but any additional losses would be absorbed by the city's golf business, not the general fund.
Penfold said this arrangement — the current one — not only safeguards the general fund, it also protects the Rose Park course.
"You put Rose Park at far greater risk by putting it in the general fund than leaving it in the enterprise fund," he said. "You put it in the general fund, and the first time there's a crunch in the general fund, everything gets cut, including Rose Park. It seems like it's far more vulnerable, to me, long term in the general fund, than if we can help craft a golf fund that's solvent."
Additional conversation about the future of the city's six municipal courses is expected in the coming months. Tuesday's City Hall meeting is at 7 p.m.