Despite the outpouring of concern for the schools from those in attendance, councilors stood by their Finance Committee recommendations, saying there simply isn’t enough money to fully fund the schools even if they wanted to.
The remaining city budgets passed without much discussion. The majority were passed unanimously and the only budget that deviated from the Finance Committee’s recommendation was that of the Community and Economic Development Department.
The Finance Committee had previously recommended that $42,000 be cut from the budget and funded through bond authorization means, but after it was determined such a method was unfeasible, the funding was restored.
Councilor Joseph McMilleon also put forth a motion that $85,000 in additional funds be allocated to the school system to bring its total budget increase to $1 million, but the proposal was soundly defeated.