Tucson leaders back to work in new year on same old problemsPosted: Updated:
After a short break for the holidays, Tucson's city council went back to work Tuesday. It was their first meeting of the new year.
"We need to make sure we balance this budget," said Councilman Paul Cunningham.
"Economic development," said Councilwoman Regina Romero.
"Getting people back to work," said Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup.
Its a new year, but the same council. Facing the same problems.
"We cannot cut our way into prosperity," said Romero. "We need to make sure we have a plan forward."
Council had no choice but to cut in 2010 and with a multi-million dollar budget hole still looming, it isn't over just yet.
"We're going to have to make very serious decisons in into the future," said Romero.
They're decisions that won't be easy, council members say 2010 taught them many lessons.
"We need to be very careful with every penny we spend," said Paul Cunningham.
And four panel members will have to be extra mindful of every decision they make.
2011 is an election year with Regina Romero, Paul Cunningham, Shirley Scott and the mayor himself are all on the ballot.
We're only four days into the new year, but the question on everybody's mind is will they or won't they run.
"Everybody is being tight lipped about it, but its personally a decision I'll make in March or April," said Mayor Walkup.
"Yes, I'll be seeking relection in November," said Pual Cunningham.
"It is something that I really have to dicsuss with my family with my husband because it's a full time job plus more," said Romero.
They have time to make up their minds.