The cost for "organizational assessment" and "training materials": $195,000. For "interim improvements" to temporary work spaces for reshuffled city offices: $275,000. Then there's the millions allocated for outside legal consultants on the police department mess, the $3,000 spent to restore some street parking after a fight with store owners, a loan guarantee for a new comedy club, and the list goes on.
These are just some examples of the spending priorities at City Hall amid one of the deepest and most protracted recessions for more than a decade. At the same time, fees for everything from trash collection to electricity and water could soon go up under proposals on their way to the City Council.
Utility rates alone could shoot up 15%, and all at a time when officials are warning that cuts to public services are a very real possibility as Burbank grapples with reduced revenue and state funding.