Unveiling of a preliminary $136 million city government budget for next fiscal year, with in more than $70 million from the general fund, gave residents an early look at what the Board of Supervisors will grapple with over coming weeks and months.
With $37 million for public safety, or nearly half the general fund, Monday's unveiling for city interested city residents at the Carson City Community Center gave me a chance to question officials and zero in on public safety -- which includes the sheriff's office, fire department and courts.
Earlier I had talked with the fire chief about new fire station needs he perceives, so I spent time with Sheriff Ken Furlong at the Community Center. He talked about successes in handling gang activity in the state's capital. He also harkened to the time more than four decades ago when Carson City and Ormsby County were merged, something he said over the years has saved the community much money. His prime example: one sheriff's office rather than a city police department and separate sheriff's office. Interesting perspective as he enters another budget cycle in which the budget is up just 1 percent.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!