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“It hasn’t always been the history of this council to do what he said to do … He for a long time has been promoting ‘more money,’ pushing hard for more money for street reconstruction,” while getting pushback from fiscal conservatives because it “increases the levy.”
Tabke stressed that the opening discussion is just one of many to come, and wasn’t intended to be the last word on the plan the council reaches.
“It’s going to be a long-term, consistent process. We’re going to, through the end of March, take public input, with stuff on the website, what projects, what tasks, do people want Shakopee to work on, and then over two years we develop overarching policies to guide things.”
One result, he added: “To be able to say at the end of the year, ‘These are the things we got done, these are concrete outcomes.’ ”
In the meantime, “we should revisit this quarterly, every quarter have a work session in which we have another discussion like this.”
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