At last night’s Terre Haute city council meeting the focus was on trying to understand the city budget and graffiti.
Some on the council think that they need their own financial consultant to help them understand how the city budget works.
A few council members don’t seem to trust the information that they get from the city administration.
The consultant would analyze information from the same source, the city controller.
The question was how much to spend on that.
Some wanted to spend $10,000 while others wanted to appropriate $15,000.
In the end the council approved $10,000 which came from city legal services budget.
Councilman Neil Garrison was quoted by WTHI-TV as saying “To haggle over $5000 was a little pointless.”
That $5,000 that was pointless to haggle over is still taxpayer money.
In other council action, the proposed graffiti ordinance was withdrawn.
The council members could not agree on ways to enforce the law and how much it would cost the city. It could come back later if these issues are resolved.