State and local budgets are hurting. At the state level, much of the problem is due to inept politicians who overspent and overcommitted when the economy was good. At the local level, at least in Wisconsin, much of the problem is due to a state government looking for a scapegoat, shifting costs to local governments, and cutting the funds it sends to local governments. With revenues down and costs up, how are local governments filling the gap?
We have heard from Chet that he lost two of seven people in his office. My city is doing without a city engineer, and I had to put together a budget with no increase over last year. In fact, my budget is only about $10,000 more than it was the year before I started - 1996. We don't yet know about salary increases. There is a real possibility we will be asked to take no increase.
How is the budget situation affecting other planners?