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|City Council Prepared to Set Goals
|At Monday's Galesburg City Council meeting, aldermen accepted bids from the Mercer Group to act as a facilitator for the City's budget planning process.
The Council has been meeting on a monthly basis to review department functions and begin forming ideas for future fund allocations.
City Manager Todd Thompson originally suggested using a facilitator, but the person in charge of future negotiations also happens to be the former City Manager.
Gary Goddard, who is a former long-time City Manager, was expected to assist in the facilitation of a multi-year budget discussion at the City Council's July 15th meeting at a cost of just under $10,000. However, since this story was written, it's believe that Goddard has stepped aside following the objection by an aldermen. WGIL News has been unsuccessful in confirming this.
Seventh Ward Alderman Jeremy Karlin says he was struck by the year-by-year approach.
"Not only did it help define the goals that these groups defined for themselves, but also what the next year's step, and the year after that -- carving it up into yearly objectives that should be reached," Karlin said. "It seems like a value-added approach."
The Mercer Group plans to use a model from the firm itself that analyzes strengths, weaknesses, and potential threats.
Not all aldermen were pleased with the suggestion, however. Three aldermen voted against the bid, saying the one facilitating the discussions should be the Mayor in order to save the cost of a third party.
Mayor John Pritchard says that due to the City's size and scope of operation, the money will be well spent.
|07 05 13 by Newsroom
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