Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Council Budget proposal Axes streetcars?

Finance Committee Chairman John Cranley has proposed eliminating $60 million in streetcar funding so the money can be appropriated for other uses including $25 million for the Central Riverfront Park that’s being built in conjunction with the Banks project and $25 million for repaving of city streets. Councilman Chris Monzel has proposed eliminating $11 million in funding for streetcars in 2009. He offered no alternate plans for the money.

The proposals come as the council trys to pass a two-year budget for 2009 and 2010. Cranley and Monzel had previously voted in favor of a streetcar system, and authorized the city manager to begin raising money for the project in April. Cranley and Monzel were the only members of council to identify streetcar cuts in budget proposals submitted late last week, But it looks like a fight is redeveloping on the streetcar issue.

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