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Councilman Kyle LaMalfa, who joined the council in January, said he’s looking forward to seeing the details in Becker’s budget but noted that he’s pleased employees will get raises. "They’ve made sacrifices," he said.
And LaMalfa said he’s excited to hear the mayor is looking for new efficiencies, particularly in engineering. "I’ve questioned the cost of engineering," he said. "It’s out of line in my experience."
Among budget challenges, said Council Chairman Soren Simonsen, will be which capital projects to fund, although he embraced the mayor’s proposal to catch up with projects that have been deferred.
"I don’t think there were any surprises," Simonsen said of the mayor’s address. "The good news is things have stabilized, there is even a slight uptick in revenues and that is very encouraging."
That means this year’s budget process will be smoother than it has been for several years.
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