This Week in Council Memos: Members' Budget Wish Lists, Flow Control and Looking Ahead
Mayor Mike and seven council members -- Carolyn Davis, Pauline Medrano, Ann Margolin, Monica Alonzo, Scott Griggs, Linda Koop and Dwaine Caraway -- have a plan to spend every penny: adding two to Sustainable Development (which is also a Mary Suhm suggestion), restoring $140,000 to library materials, getting rid of one more furlough day (which is also on Tennell Atkins's wish list), pouring $150,000 into swimming pools (I was told Thursday night, "Dwaine's getting his pools") and forking over $296,169 to the Office of Cultural Affairs and $153,500 to the AT&T Performing Arts Center. For starters.
Angela Hunt and Scott Griggs have paired up for what they will be a revenue generator of as-yet-to-be-determined value: adding a "surcharge on residents consuming more than 15,000 gallons of water/month for months from April to September." Otherwise known as the Tom Hicks Tax? Sandy Greyson joins the duo for another proposal: rerouting $3 million the city spends on maintaining TxDOT rights-of-way to keeping Park & Rec workers and upping street maintenance.
Also in the stack o' memos: a sneak peek at what we could be up against next budget, because it's never too early; and more about flow control, which will also be on Monday's to-do list as Marys Suhm and Nix urge council to sign off on the trash-to-treasure initiative by no later than September 28 over the objections of those who say it's costly, stinky and altogether unnecessary. Memos 9-16-11