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December 7, 2011

I hope the community enjoyed the financial presentation at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting. It is ordinarily a routine item that gets little attention, but we decided to “push it out” more publicly in today’s cynical environment and assumptions of misdeeds by public officials. The City is in a great cash position, but not so good on an annual operating budget basis. We simply spend more than revenues received, and we have more work to do. I’m not going to cry poverty regarding the City’s finances. It’s self-defeating and it’s not true.

As for the City’s bond rating, most people understand that your interest rate goes up as your bond rating goes down. We should be pushing ourselves to get to an AA rating. In addition, the bond rating effects our perception of institutions. Don’t think so? How did you feel when the Federal government bond rating was lowered? Right, not good. I thought to myself, “My government can’t get its business done!” We’ve proven to Wall Street we get it done and are able to maintain our AA rating.
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