A reasonable solution to help understand the City's financial condition would be to have Finance Director Manuel prepare a six-year financial forecast.
This tool is the standard for a city to determine its projected expenses and revenue/income over the period. In my opinion, Mr. Manuel should create this before he retires in December. His institutional knowledge should be used.
I believe the City's current level of service is not sustainable and this forecast will settle this discussion.
Additionally, the forecast should stimulate the City Manager and Council to begin deliberations on how to fix the most pressing matter the city faces. It's time for some financial data to start the conversation.
Spending reserves for day-to-day expenses is a dangerous financial practice. This practice will negatively affect the City's bond rating, something it might need in the future.
Lynn D. Sordel
Candidate for City Council Position #5