Tucson budget; Ward 2 Seat filled; Glassman war chest

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The panel got a first look Tuesday at next year's $1.3-billion budget.  An $18-million jump from this year's spending plan. And that's with a $17-million cut to the general fund and a third straight year of dipping into one-time funding sources for another $33-million.

To balance the books, City Manager Mike Letcher recommended closing many public pools, reducing support for non-profits and neighborhood groups and suspending paving projects on residential streets.


Tucson's Ward 2 once again has representation on the city council.

The mayor and council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Paul Cunningham to the seat vacated by Rodney Glassman.

Cunningham currently works as a juvenile probation officer for Pima County, but he's also served in the national guard, and he has a long history of volunteering with children in the community.

Cunningham is the son of former state lawmaker George Cunningham.


Glassman's U.S. Senate campaign reports it has raised a half-million dollars. That includes $250-thousand of Glassman's own money. The democrat claims his goal was for donors to match that amount and he has exceeded that goal.

Glassman resigned from the Tucson City Council 3 weeks ago to join the race.