Council requests cost-saving report

Anyone wondering where the $800,000 a year saved by eliminating eight city jobs in 2015 is going should have an answer soon.

Anyone wondering where the $800,000 a year saved by eliminating eight city jobs in 2015 is going should have an answer soon.

At Tuesday’s regular council meeting when Coun. Sue Zacharias said many citizens are asking her that question, finance chair Coun. Scott Nelson said he’s asked Chief Financial Officer William Wallace for a report.

“We’ve got nothing to hide,” Nelson said of the budget. “We want to provide the public with a wide open set of books.”

Zacharias said that restructuring should be bringing the city some revenue because the promise was a savings of $4 million over five years.

“People want to know if those cost-saving targets are being met,” she said.

Nelson said when he started delving into the books he saw what he described as a “sad history that flowed through.”

“I was mortified. There was $1.4 million that was not allocated for four years.”