Council outlines 2012 priorities
Austin City Council members are setting their sights on next year’s budget and collaboration in 2012.
Although they had to wade through nearly an hour of verbal sparring first, council members spent much of Tuesday evening compiling a list of seven priorities for the coming year.
Because the council makes a list of priorities instead of set goals, members decided to keep a few of last year’s priorities, like supporting green initiatives and Vision 2020, on the list.
Much of 2012 will consist of budget work for 2013. The council has indicated it will discuss the budget at one meeting per month. In past years, the council does not discuss the budget in detail until about August. Council member Steve King said they need to be hypervigilant in finding ways to make Austin’s local government more efficient and affordable.
The council also plans on looking for more ways to collaborate with different agencies and neighboring cities to save money.
Support Vision 2020
Look for cooperative efforts with Albert Lea
Establish an informal process to gain citizen input
Continuously review budget to find efficiencies
Research opportunities to collaborate with other governmental units
Continue to support HIP program
Continue to support green initiatives