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Let's get our financial affairs in order here

All of the recent news about the Sunnyside city budget, or lack thereof has me concerned. It is apparent that our council doesn't get regular updates on our financial situation as a city and really doesn't know how much money they have or don't have.

I understand that the new city manager and finance director are sorting through this mess but after a month it would be nice to have a general idea.

It's scary. Our council keeps committing city funds with no idea how we are doing financially. They are acting on assumptions and that doesn't seem wise.

It seems necessary to me to know what you have in the bank before you give away a dime. That's just common sense. To assume that money exists (after it is clear we have a big mess on our hands) is irresponsible.

Our utility bills are through the roof now and, as a carwash owner, that affects me in a huge way and drives the cost of my service up and people lose jobs.

Perhaps better financial management or at least some financial management is the solution! Let's figure out where we are before we write more checks and sign more contracts!

/s/ Laurie Beltman, Sunnyside

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