Really, who would the editor of any magazine be to impart words of wisdom or new budgeting advice on local government managers? Day in and day out, you’re the ones making difficult financial decisions, juggling crucial services and desired programs against the cost of maintaining facilities and appropriately remunerating personnel. All I can do is tell you the stories of how others are making it and hope their ideas benefit you as well.
Most of the mayors, town managers and county officials I’ve had the honor to know consciously chose a career in which they could serve the public. Often, their constituency is their own hometown or their adopted home. They care deeply about both the people, the parks, the industry and the history that shape its personality and collaborate to make it successful. But the times have forced everyone to do more with less, and let’s face it: That’s an impossible endgame. Someone’s going to be left out in the cold. So I don’t envy any one of you the last few years.
What I hope The Municipal can do is assist in our small way with the decision-making process. This month I’m excited that Cheryl Hilvert of the International City/County Management Association has contributed a number of concrete suggestions for double-checking your thought process on budget cuts and financial planning. And local government officials in New York may want to glance at this month’s piece by Sarah Wright, which outlines what’s in the pipeline regarding pension reporting. Her investigation revealed that not only will states, but also cities and towns will be responsible for taking some action under new changes scheduled to go into effect this month.
Then there’s The Municipal’s exciting news: We’re expanding. In August, we will increase our circulation dramatically and cover the Midwest and East from the border of Canada to Key West. Our goal is to continue to serve local government and department heads with quality journalism and advertising that accords relevant news and information
If you haven’t already been in touch with us, now is a great time. We look forward to hearing from you. Have a great summer!