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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Brookfield's Tale of Two Budgets

 Finance Committee asks for two budgets

The city of Brookfield's Finance Committee yesterday directed the mayor to consider preparing two budgets this fall, one following a list of recommendations from the Finance Department and another that calls for a smaller increase in departments' operating budgets.

The first budget, which would keep city services at the same level as this year, calls for a $35 million tax levy in 2009 - an increase of $1.9 million over 2008 - and recommends that operating budgets for each department be increased by 3.8 percent.

The idea for the second budget came from Fourth District Alderman and Common Council President Mark Nelson, who suggested the committee ask the department heads to present a budget with a 2.8 percent increase in operating expenses.

Fifth District Alderman Scott Berg, chair of the Finance Committee, suggested Finance Director Robert Scott report to the committee at an upcoming meeting to discuss the feasibility of preparing a second budget.

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