Tyler Huggins : Change Budget Process

Oct 3, 2013

Burlington City Council candidate Tyler Huggins says the state of the city’s finances prompted him to enter the race.

He is one of 11 candidates for three open seats on the panel.

Huggins says he is running to get a lot done, starting with changing the way the city budget is put together.

He says instead of the traditional line-item budget format, he prefers an outcome-based plan.

"As it is titled, it is outcome-based," says Huggins.  "You find out what the citizens want done and you allocate the money to those outcomes."

Huggins says his funding priorities would be public safety and infrastructure.

When it comes to infrastructure, he says re-opening Cascade Bridge is one of his main interests.

He says, if elected, he would also push for the city to switch its vehicular fleet to alternatives fuels and try to reduce the workforce through attrition, as opposed to lay-offs.

"You (can also) expand the responsibilities for the people you do have working," says Huggins, "so you don't have to hire more people."

The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8.