Council discussed the gestating budget in a special session Monday evening.
Council started the evening by transferring $200,000 to allow Transit to pay overdue bills.
Then Jeremy Siberell introduced his finance review session by summarizing all his budget meetings for the $17,000,000 2014 budget.
Then his guest, Mayor Jack Everson, discussed his ideas on the budget, for most of two hours.
One "revenue increase" Everson highlighted was to not give up on getting paid for ambulance runs for customers outside the city's zip code.
He said the customers, visitors, and travelers double the city's population most days - and when they use services they don't pay local taxes to support, they should be required to pay for them.
He listed other possible revenues coming from increased city fees, and a new fee for license plates.
Several of his cost reductions could be from staffing reductions, including collaboration with other local governments to share staff.
After some close discussion with council members, especially Alicia Gray, he pointed out that it was up to council to act on his suggestions...like those he offered a year ago.
Gray also urged to not just make a budget, but create a longer-term plan.
Everson is clear on revenues: no new taxes unless unless they pay for new services. But he says fees are different - they are directed only at users.
All hoped the budget can be passed after three readings before 2014.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils