One new big ticket item of spending: some $780,000 for a second set of turnout gear for Asheville firefighters.
Asheville City Council raised property taxes last year.
A $3.5 million operating budget deficit for the city of Asheville this coming fiscal year can be trimmed to $1.7 million, city staffers told Asheville City Council members Thursday.
The new budget includes funding for the Asheville Police Department and the city's bus service.
You'll have to get off work for the 2 p.m. meeting Wednesday. Or you could just tell City Council to stop whining and do what we elected them to do - make tough decisions.