In a recent column in the Ann Arbor News, Judy McGovern highlights four recent City budget decisions and the tension surrounding those decisions.
- Police Layoffs: As part of cutting costs at the City, the police department may cut as many at 20 jobs, including 14 officers and 6 civilians.
- East Stadium Boulevard Bridges: This bridge project has been delayed because of lack of federal funds. Because of safety concerns, the bridge has now been reduced to one lane in each direction.
- Police-Court Building: The Police-Court Building project is now underway and will be paid through borrowed bonds, cash on hand, and money from the DDA.
- Public Art: The City Council recent ok’d the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission’s plan to pay a German Artist to develop a proposal for an installation as part of the new City Hall. This funding for this art comes from a City Council Program that sets aside 1% of public building projects for public art.
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