Carson City's Board of Supervisor adopted the Fiscal 2017 budget Thursday during the second meeting in May, a spending guide of more than $137 million that prompted me again to question some priorities.
I appeared at the board meeting to testify about construction costs going up 9 percent from March 2015 to March of this year and projections of more potential inflation in the construction field to come, which should make tackling deferred maintenance a greater priority.
With the budget virtually a done deal, I suggested committing excess revenues next fiscal year, if they develop, to deferred maintenance in general and street repairs in particular. I also suggested in future years doing zero-based budgeting for some departments to find programs to drop or other ways of cutting and moving money over to handle deferred maintenance.
My view is letting city assets fray too long is much like not heeding the old Fram oil filter commercial, which featured a mechanic cautioning people they can pay him now or pay him later -- with later costing much more.
The board also heard about a shortage of primary care physicians from staff at Health and Human Services and heeded Fire Department efforts aimed at suppressing wildfire fuel in the natural environment at the point of rural-urban interface.
Later in the day, my campaign held an afternoon and evening meet and greet event in the Seelinger area at the home of Marilyn Peshek. It provided an opportunity to interact with supporters and city residents. Another will be held during June at my residence. More on that upcoming event later.
Now I'm looking ahead to the Chamber of Commerce candidate's forum, though the supervisor races were removed from the agenda due to what Chamber officials view as time constraints.
Originally, the supervisor races were to be included though only two candidates in each ward are running, which gives us a pass on to the November general election. A similar forum will include us before the autumn balloting.
The Chamber will provide time next Tuesday evening at the Brewery Arts Center for just mayoral and Assembly candidates, according to Ronni Hannaman, the business organization's executive director. There are four running for mayor and four for the Assembly seat from Carson City.
My intention is to be on hand to hear the concerns and priorities of citizens in the audience as revealed by questions posed to those candidates. Hope to see you there.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!