Downtown is at a crossroads. As someone who is pro growth and pro development, I would like to delve deeper into the figures given in the mayor's letter last week.
The city has several separate funds that are self-sufficient. Not every city expenditure comes from the general operating account. For example, water and sewer improvements are paid for out of the "water account." Upgrading and maintenance of water and sewer is paid for by your water bills. The city water and sewer fund is and remains a very profitable account that is self-sustaining.
Funds for the fire station have been set aside in the budget for three years. This appropriation has not stopped the commission from spending resources for events and improvements that they deemed important or necessary.