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Friday, November 21, 2008

The polite way of saying it

From Jim Wise's interview with City Manager Tom Bonfield, in today's N&O:
"The big picture is that I don't think the city has had a long, even mid-term, financial plan and put the decisions that are made on an annual basis in the context of what [they] mean long-term," he said.

For example, Durham's Capital Improvement Program for 2009-14 has 254 items, ranging from park improvements to making government buildings accessible to the disabled to rehabilitating the water system.

"There's no financing around it," he said of the program. "It has some money available, but nowhere near enough. ... So in essence it's not a six-year capital plan, it's a six-year wish list."

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  • I'm trying to curb my enthusiasm for Tom Bonfield's shakeups at city hall. But at the moment, it's pretty hard. Is it naive to get up hope that we might actually have not a passable (Baker and Ewell) or overwhelmed (Conner) city manager, but actually a good and pro-active one? Or do I need to get my cynicism tuned up?

    By Blogger Michael Bacon, at 4:28 PM  

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