Mayor Winnecke's administration planned for a three percent increase in spending, but the budget would have been balanced. City Council Finance Chairman John Friend says he thinks tax receipts will be lower than expected. Friend says they should reduce in what the water, sewer, and parks department wanted to spend in 2014.
"We're looking across the board," said Chief of Staff Steve Schaefer, "and looking at priorities because really it's just hard to cut flatline, because when you get general fund, it's hard to make significant cuts because you're talking about people."
Council members are also leaning towards removing capital costs to prepare for a new park where Roberts Stadium used to stand. Mayor Winnecke's staff says they're still lobbying to get the money to build Roberts Park.