“Once a year before the budget is passed, the city controller and administration presents to city council a plan for major expenditures for the next year,” said Harper.
The cities proposed plan is aimed at improving roads, sidewalks, parks, trails and even supplying equipment for first responders.
“Russ Jehl and I think we have a better alternative,” said Harper
Councilman Harper and Jehl both agree that
Harper and Jehl’s alternatives include a pay-as-you go model. The city's plan calls for a $30 million upfront bond to pay for backlogged road repairs. A move the councilmen strongly oppose.
“I don’t think tax and spend and bond and borrow is a good strategy for the citizens of
Jehl and Harper also suggest funding the project over six years compared to five and using $3.5 million of County Economic Development Income Tax money to pay for road repairs.
“The city administration said at the time they were going to use pay-as-you-go when it came to improving our streets-- Then when they issued the CIP [Capital Improvement Plan], they went back on what they told council a few months ago,” said Harper.
A spokesperson for the mayor declined to comment.