BY COUNCILOR LITTLE:
WHEREAS, the Duluth city council will begin the process of reviewing and approving department budgets for 2005 in the next few months; and
WHEREAS, the council, when reviewing budget requests, will need to ensure that allocations to all city services reflect appropriate distribution while not overburdening the citizens with taxes; and
WHEREAS, it was brought to the attention of the council in November of 2003 that attritional losses to the fire service had resulted in an unacceptable level of public safety.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Duluth city council requests that the mayor establish
a task force; that the task force is given the latitude to review any
and all options to ensure that the public's expectations for safety are
being met while keeping fire operations efficient; that the task force
should make a final report back to the council no later than August 15,
2004. The suggested makeup of the task force includes:
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution will assist in obtaining sound decisions through the budget process.