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Leaner, uncertain budgets need benefit of your experience on city council



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David Rauzi drauzi@idahocountyfreepress.com

Your experience and insight is critical to the service of your community. And we’re asking you to challenge yourself, step up and serve on your city council.

You can make the first steps toward that right away, as filings are being accepted through Sept. 4 to run for open city council seats. Get the details from your friendly clerk at your city hall.

But why the urgency? What’s so important?

It’s a leaner, meaner America as far as economic go these days, one where the rural portions have yet to see the evidence of the often-trumpeted recessional recovery, which is partly due to our busy eyes focused on grinding out another few more extra cents from the work we’re desperate, and glad, to have at hand.

Rural municipal governments are no different, and if you take a trip to your city hall, talk with the clerks on the recent completion of budgets for the upcoming fiscal year 2016: not a lot to work with, and in fact it has been a lean cut of funds that councils have had to sort through and divide up throughout essential city departments.

Rural communities need help; the experience you have, the enthusiasm, perhaps the infusion of new blood. Certainly a newcomer isn’t going to find the obvious solution hidden from more seasoned and experienced eyes already serving, but someone applying their personal successes in management, finance or problem-solving can find new resources, or more than likely take the existing pieces and construct a better, more efficient distribution of finite resources.

If you’re looking for a challenge, something to stretch yourself on, and a way to help your community, serving on your city council will more than fill those needs.



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