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The Tucson City Council appears to be mostly on board with City Manager Mike Hein's budget strategy, which involves reorganizing some of the city's functions (such as getting rid of the planning department and having other departments pick up the responsibilities), cutting some spending, dipping into reserve funds and raising some fees.

At yesterday's meeting, council members did have some complaints with Hein; Regina Romero of Ward 1 seems upset that memos written by City Manager Mike Hein are released to the press at the same time that they're sent to council members and Ward 4's Shirley Scott appeared upset that Hein is letting people know that their city job is going away.

Carli Brosseau from the Tucson Citizen reported earlier this week on the various tax and fee increases the city could increase. Oddly, Carli notes in the story that:

The report, obtained by the Tucson Citizen through a public records request, examined ways the city can increase its tax and fee collections to cover its costs.

Hey Carli: Next time, why don't you spare yourself the paperwork hassles and just download the report from the city's Web site? That's what I did when I wrote about the memo two weeks ago.

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