The partial list of spending is: Upgrade CFD stadium in Highland Park (cost?); a brand new stadium built somewhere (cost?); structural and aesthetic upgrades to Fire Station 6 (cost?); flood mitigation along the Wildcat Creek (cost?); $4 million donation to the YMCA; a new $8.5 million downtown parking garage, and a new recycling plan with many unknown expenses (cost?).
The mayor needs to get a handle on his wish list or we’ll be back in the boat we were floating in 2008. Some of the items above are good ideas and needed, but not all. I’ve seen no mention of a rainy day fund in any recent article.
You can’t keep annexing your way into a “robust city cash balance,” and you shouldn’t be making money off the backs of those who work to make you a success by cutting heads and forgoing pay increases.