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City Council OKs $29.4 million budget

It may have been the quickest council meeting ever.

The Sonoma City Council got together for a special meeting Monday evening with the express purpose of approving the city budget for fiscal year 2014-15. They did so in a 5-0 vote, with minimal comment from either council members – who had already picked over the budget at previous meetings – or the public.

“And we were outta there in 21 minutes,” said Mayor Tom Rouse on Thursday.

Rouse wondered aloud during the meeting – and again on Thursday – at the fact that local residents will turn out by the dozens for issues like dogs in the park or pink doors on the Plaza, but not for approval of the city’s $29.4 million budget.

“You must truly trust us, or you don’t care,” Rouse concluded.


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