More budget info to come?

Posted: March 15, 2012

A PPARENTLY immune to irony, City Council President Darrell Clarke yesterday promised more transparency in Council's budget and then refused to say how that will happen.

Clarke, like Council presidents before him, rejects the idea of Council holding a public hearing on its own budget.

This question comes up during every budget cycle:

Why does Council take nearly two months to ask detailed questions about the budgets of city departments and agencies such as the Mayor's Office, the Managing Director's Office, the police and fire departments, the Sheriff's Office and the First Judicial District but never answers questions about its own budget?

Council's budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 is $15 million, about the same as this fiscal year. Other city agencies spend another $7 million per year to support Council.

"In all honesty, I'm not going to let individuals who have a particular interest about this turn City Council's process into a clown show," said Clarke, who insisted that information about Council's budget is available to the public for the asking.

Asked when he would reveal his effort at transparency in the Council budget, he replied:

"When I tell you. You'll see there will be an enhanced process as it relates to Council's information on its budget."


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