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Your Opinion: Budget-balancing strategy for city

Dear Editor:

I just got done reading an article regarding the city being $2 million in the red for 2012. No one is to blame though, it was the accounting software that didn’t let them know this until this week.

I too use accounting software to manage finances. I just wanted to share another strategy I use to avoid spending more than I have: It’s called a checkbook. In the back they give me a ledger and when I spend or receive money I just update that ledger and then I always know how much money is left. It’s a bold strategy, and it does take a few minutes every day but I find it very effective.

As always, we are in good hands when it comes to balancing the budget. Here are a few of the proposed cuts:

Police Department – Cut $121,000.

Fire Department – Cut $51,000.

Chamber of Commerce – Cut $15,000.

I feel these numbers speak for themselves so instead of going on and on about priorities and essential services and proposed tax increases to fund underfunded departments (like the FD sales tax), I’ll instead use these next two minutes to make sure I don’t spend more money than I have.

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