Video: County Manager Harry Jones takes our questions on the budget
Posted on 27 May 2010 by Justin Ruckman
We took questions earlier this week via the blog, Facebook and Twitter; as well as assembled some questions of our own.
On Tuesday, we sat down with County Manager Harry Jones and asked the following:
- What do you do as County Manager?
- How did we get here? Why is there such a tremendous budget deficit? (1:45)
- From Rolf Jaeger on Facebook: What have we learned? How can we avoid making the same mistakes the next time we’re in a boom economy? (5:20)
- Did county employees salaries and benefits raise unjustly? (8:45)
- What are your thoughts on a city/county consolidation? Is the city absorbing the county? (9:48)
- Is the county doing anything to acquire funds from the city to dull the pains of these budget cuts? (11:39)
- Who do you think is hurt most by this budget right now? (13:05)
- What happens if the county stops paying off its debt? (16:33)
- How are you and the county deciding what areas to cut? (17:03)
- From Desiree on the blog: What’s the most important budget line item to you and why? (21:05)
- You’re responsible for taking people’s jobs away. But people seem to forget you’re a person too. How do you cope with this burden of responsibility? (23:02)
- From Mary Williams on Facebook: Everyone’s talking about what the County should be doing differently, or what you should be doing differently. What can we be doing differently? How can we help? (25:06)
We covered a lot, and ventured into areas not specifically touched by the questions listed above. This podcast is definitely worth a watch, or even a listen, if you’d like to stick it on the background.