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Official will vote against budget

Park City Councilman Joe Kernan said Thursday he plans to cast a ‘Nay’ vote when the City Council is asked to approve City Hall’s budget.

He told Mayor Dana Williams and the other City Councilors at a meeting he is worried about the manner in which the elected officials consider the budget. He did not indicate he is unhappy with the earmarks contained in the financial plan, however.

Kernan has long been critical of municipal financial matters, saying not enough money is spent on day-to-day items. He has especially questioned in the past if City Hall’s snowplowing operations receive enough funding.

Kernan is a second-term City Councilman who lives in Prospector, and he regularly talks to the elected officials in public settings about ideas that are later dismissed.

He said in an interview he wants a committee with regular Parkites formed to assist with crafting the budget.

"Not enough citizens show up to be involved in the budget," Kernan said.

City Councilors are preparing to finalize the budget, and a vote is scheduled on June 19. The budget is expected to pass.

City Manager Tom Bakaly in April presented the elected officials with a balanced budget totaling about $83.4 million to cover the period between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.

Highlights of the budget talks have included deciding how to spend $15 million in voter-authorized bonds to make Park City easier to navigate for pedestrians, bicyclists and others not driving cars, setting aside money to renovate the Racquet Club and approving funding to redo the Marsac Building.


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