Last night we had our Budget Workshop. The Finance Director had prepared an excellent document for the City Manager to present to Council. During Covid, our Mayor and City Manager did a great job of balancing needs and what resources were available. Watauga came out of the shutdowns with plans ready for success. Our 2021-2022 budget reflects this. We were able to add back about half the positions that were cut. We were also able to provide the services that are necessary and some that are desired. I'd say that's a good start to recovery.
After the meeting was over, I went to the first session of the Citizens Police Academy that Watauga does every year - except when pandemics interfere. It is a good program and attendees learn a lot about how the Police Department functions.
Tomorrow is Big Vehicle Day. Some of our large equipment and some vehicles from other sources will be on display in the back parking lot of the library. It is such an exciting day for the kids who come to it and probably just as much fun for the parents. I will be volunteering to work at the event as a Volunteer in Police Service (VIPS).