At Asheville City Council’s retreat earlier this month, the biggest news was a paper written by the city staff’s managers and department heads that said the level of service in Asheville will depend on securing new forms of revenue or seeking out partnerships with other public or private organizations to accomplish its goals.
Titled “Asheville, NC 2010: A financial crossroads,” the paper says that the city’s reliance on property taxes for half of its operating revenue is unsustainable.
A discussion on the topic was scheduled for the retreat on January 8 and 9, but with time running tight on the retreat’s final day, Council decided to move the discussion to a work session on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
According to a report from City Manager Gary Jackson, staff will propose to Council a series of public-input meetings and sit-downs with Buncombe County Commissioners, state legislators and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce to weigh options.
Asheville City Council will hold a work session on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. in the 1st floor conference room of City Hall.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer