During a mid-year budget update, city of Coeur d’Alene comptroller, Vonnie Jensen, reported the city will likely come up short by over one million dollars during the next fiscal year. Cost of living adjustments (COLA) for police and fire personnel contributed the most to the unbalance. The city council and mayor approved the COLA after negotiations led by city administrator Troy Tymeson. The process took several executive sessions earlier this year.
Ironically, crime in the city decreased dramatically over the last several years as reported by the CdA Press, here. Several city positions remain unfilled and are keeping the budget inline for the current year. Ms. Jensen recommended leaving vacant these positions in an attempt to salvage the budget.