Mayor Steve Bach, who is Colorado Springs’ first strong mayor, has allocated a $1.5 million discretionary fund for himself in his 2012 budget.
In his budget proposal, Bach calls the stash “contingent funds” that would be “available to address unanticipated or emergency items.”
Um, isn’t that the purpose of the city’s rainy-day fund?
Here’s the city’s official answer to that question:
“While we’ve tightened the budget – we need to have the ability to fund items that come up next year,” Chief Communications Officer Cindy Aubrey said Wednesday in an email.
“It is typical for a CEO to have a fund like this,” she said.