As a city manager one must constantly make decisions that affect thousands of people. Every decision is important however, budget decisions tend to be decisions that bring conflict and uncertainty. When the humble city of Louisville, managed to raise a surplus of million dollars, the city as a whole, to include city Council and the public was extremely excited. Not only because a surplus is a great challenge in this economy, but because a million dollars could go back into the community and help this wonderful city of Louisville. Unfortunately the million dollars will not go very far in today’s economy. We currently have two groups that have expressed their desire to obtain the surplus. The first group is comprised of the Louisville Downtown Small business Association. The second organization that has expressed interest on the money for the surplus is the city’s police department. The one thing that we have determined that we cannot accommodate both groups. As a city manager I must determine what is the best use of the million dollars. Both groups have made valid points as to why the deserve and why they need the extra funding. The compromise must be reached without having to split funds.
The Louisville downtown small business Association has asked for the extra revenue to beautify the downtown area by adding brick sidewalks and planting areas which will attract more business. The city Council has expressed their desire to improve the downtown area which has not done they well as the city would have liked. By making the area more desirable, believes that people will want to travel to the downtown area instead of driving to the malls at the sister city Annville.
At the same time, the city Police Department has made a valid case explaining that most of the crimes committed in the city have been committed by repeat offenders. Therefore they are asking the police department have the funds to fund a new units for the specific purpose. In recent years many of the neighboring cities have created such unit and have had a great success in apprehending these repeat offenders. The city of Louisville hopes to have the same success as the neighboring cities.
As a city manager, one must recommend that the city Council give the extra funds to either of the two groups. Because both groups have strong constituents, a decision must be made that will satisfy both groups. At first neither group has expressed any interest in retrieving the request or compromising. The fact that both groups feel so strongly about the cause has created a bit of conflict between both groups. Conflict however is not necessarily a negative aspect of decision-making, however in order for conflict result in a productive outcome, as city manager, one must handle the situation property (Denhardt, Denhardt, & Aristigueta, 2013, p.354).
In order to determine who will receive the extra funding, I created small committee to resolve the issue. The committee was comprised of two members of the...