To the editor:

To the editor:

A Sept. 22 article regarding Reynoldsburg’s potential budget cuts for 2012 left the impression that without a tax increase, significant cuts will have to be made to police staffing, parks and recreation programs, and the senior center. This does not have to be the case and residents deserve an honest assessment of our alternatives.

Earlier this year, council was presented with a proposal to transfer money out of the city’s capital improvement fund to the general revenue fund. This would have allowed the city to operate through 2012 without cutting any vital services. Such transfers have happened in the past and could happen again, if necessary.

But ever since a tax increase was placed on the ballot, talk of a transfer suddenly ceased. At the Sept.19 council meeting, I suggested that a transfer would be far preferable to cutting police, parks and recreation, and the senior center. It is a matter of priorities.

The capital improvement fund began the year with a balance of over $3.3 million. A transfer of about $780,000 would allow us to avoid cutting these programs. This action, combined with proposed cuts to other areas, would erase the $1.3 million deficit for 2012.

This would also provide us with additional time to explore a reform agenda that will set us on stable financial path for the future. With a dismal and uncertain economy, some of us believe that now is not the right time to burden city businesses and workers with a massive new tax increase.

That issue will be settled on election day, but other alternatives exist and deserve consideration.

Nathan Burd

Reynoldsburg City Council