“This is not unprecedented,” Dabney said. The city suffered a similar setback during the Great Recession in 2007 and 2008.
“I do understand the intent,” Dabney said, but the timing is awkward.
Councilman Don Przybylinski, D-At-Large, said he wanted to see more facts and figures, noting the police chief said earlier in the morning that the department could use more officers.
“We need to know the facts, the figures, of what’s going on,” he said.
“If we have zero riverboat (casino revenue), I don’t know what we’d do at this point,” Fitzpatrick said.
“Are we just putting off difficult budgetary consideration?” asked Councilman Michael Mack, D-3rd. “If you have a little bit of coin in your pocket, you’re always going to spend it. Always.”
Councilwoman Dalia Zygas, D-At-Large, suggested preparing a list of potential budget cuts.
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