Berke Administration Wants Time To Prepare First Budget

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The City Council was told Tuesday that the Berke administration wants time to prepare its first budget.

Andrew Kean, chief operating officer, requested 60-90 days beyond the normal deadline of the end of June.

He said in the meantime the city would continue operating based on 1/12th amounts of various city cost centers.

Mr. Kean said the administration plans a budget that is "based on priorities, not tradition."

He said an important factor will be community input.

Councilman Russell Gilbert agreed with the delay. He said, "I don't want a rush job."

Councilwoman Carol Berz, who heads the budget committee, said the council will take about three weeks - or longer if necessary - to review the submitted budget.  

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