Something unusual happened at the last Brainerd City Council meeting.
Alderman Bob Olson presented an idea to the entire council and city staff that showed how the city could lower a proposed $3.1 million bond down to $2.6 million, and the council approved his idea.
Olson's proposed bond decrease, however it might have been amended later, is another example of how Bob Olson has always placed the Brainerd taxpayers first and foremost with regards to his mindset on how to address city finances.
Personnel and Finance Committee Chair Mary Koep, was very gracious by requesting of Olson to present his plan to the P&F Committee prior to presenting it to the full council.This doubtfully would've happened if Mark O'Day were still P&F Chair.
Several good questions were asked by the entire P&F Committee along with staff and it came out of Committee for full Council discussion.
During the full Council meeting, listening to this group of elected officials and city staff was impressive as concerns were raised and addressed with a great deal of respect to each other's thoughts, not always a common thread found within this public body.
Year after year Olson presents his budget ideas to the council showing where more dollars could be cut from one fund or another and more often than not, most of his ideas are rejected.
I know first hand how hard Olson works and I'm very much aware of his dozens of memos requesting financial information, so when all's said and done, regarding the exaggerated complaints some people have with Olson costing the City more because of his requests, their complaints have now been nullified.
Take a bow, Brainerd City Council. It's great to see you work together so well!
Recently Brainerd had a proposed bond issue put together for the purpose of financing several street improvements and certain downtown amenities. The consultant and staff did a fine job with information given, a bond issue of $3,100,000, was proposed.
Alderman Bob Olson poured over the figures and considered possible alternatives then presented his suggestions to the council. The result was a reduction of $400,000 from the bond. Additional finessing was done by staff and Bob. The final result: Even with the addition of a few small street projects to the original proposal, a reduction of $640,000 in the bond, meaning tax savings to Brainerd taxpayers, including substantial reduction in interest paid.
This is real money in your pocket accomplished by the hard work of dedicated city staff and by the diligence, persistence and unfailing effort of Alderman Bob Olson.
Just thought you should know.
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