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This is the third and final article about our city budget. Previous articles have outlined what the city is responsible for and how the city generates funding and allocates expenses.
Allocating expenses can and does bring up lots of questions; ‘why is the city not fixing this or why are we spending money on that?’
As stated there is a lot of focus and discussion by the council, by management and staff on what the priorities are. The key is just that…priorities, understanding and agreeing on what is the most pressing and what we can allocate within our budget and where can it benefit the most citizens. What we can accomplish out of our regular budget and what we might need to borrow money for. In reviewing these priorities, taking all operations as a whole, we can’t focus primarily on streets and leave the sewer plant or the police department out, as an example. All spokes of the wheel need to addressed, or given focus, to insure that everything keeps turning and running as smoothly as possible. In the process, we need to insure that we are being good stewards of those funds entrusted to us.
This year, in addition to funding all departments, there is focus on doing more on our roads, on drainage, on the wood pile at the sports complex, cleaning up the city (code enforcement), investing in our staff (with salary increases for those that are below peers at every level) adding additional staff, as well as creating and adopting our comprehensive master plan. There have been increases and cuts all throughout the budget to get to this point. These items are on the table, including if we are going to raise taxes or keep them where they are.
The council has given management good feedback on where the budget needs to be and what needs to be in it. Considering all these factors, I am confident a balanced budget will be approved and will provide dependable services for the citizens and address some of these issues that are needed to move Pearsall forward in the arena of quality living and a city we can be proud of.
God Bless the City of Pearsall, the County of Frio, the State of Texas, the United States of America and You.
Ben T. Briscoe
Mayor of Pearsall