I take being a steward of public funds very seriously, and honest and transparent budgeting practices are a must. As I already have on council, I will continue to ensure that we are being wise with every taxpayer dollar we spend. Residents expect and deserve nothing less. I have advocated for aggressively funding our long term debt liabilities to honor our commitment to the city’s retirees and to ensure a stable outlook and bond rating going forward. Most importantly, we must remember that line items on a budget aren’t just abstract figures, they’re reflections of a city’s values, priorities, and expectations. Berkley’s citizens rightfully expect that Berkley will continue to support programs that improve their quality of life and provide essential government services effectively, efficiently, and economically.