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Live by the budget

I have been amazed at the recent comments in the Reader Opinion from elected officials on the Brainerd City Council. They seem to be trying to convince themselves that they are doing right to attempt to bond for projects and equipment over and above their budget;

One alderman seems to be mad at the voters for stopping the bond issue. When will they realize they are there to serve the public as a whole not just those who seem to have an agenda? Cut the spending of our money.

Budgets are to live by. The department heads are trying to run the city, they have no intent to budget for what they want. They know that our city fathers will bypass the budget and bond for whatever they want. I am constantly reminded that I must live within my income, is it a want or a need?

It’s time for us to replace the whole bunch. They are not working for us.

Why does the police department need a specialty vehicle? An armored vehicle? Is this maybe to keep us in line? Maybe having one at the sheriff’s department would be sufficient to cover the whole county. This is more like Russia all the time.

Daryl Bahma


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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