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Council mostly likes budget

Four of the five members reacted to the budget proposal.

By MIKE DONILA
Published July 14, 2007


A Monday meeting of the Clearwater City Council won't include a chance for public comment, but it will be the first time residents can hear firsthand what their elected officials think about City Manager Bill Horne's proposed $390-million city budget for 2007-08.

The workshop, at City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave., follows the council's regular work session, which starts at 1 p.m. The budget plan proposes rolling back the property tax rate 15.5 percent but it also includes what is expected to be unpopular service cuts to libraries, recreation centers and other amenities.

For a little preview, the St. Petersburg Times talked to four of the five council members about the budget. Carlen Petersen, who will not be at the meeting Monday, was out of town and could not be reached for comment. But here's what her colleagues said about their likes and dislikes in Horne's plan.