But where Uhlich and Roths-child saw a silver lining, Councilman Steve Kozachik sees layoffs.
"Sure we can close the $33 million, but we are going to have to show some people the door," Kozachik said.
Kozachik said that for too long the council has avoided making meaningful changes to get the budget in line. He said 2016 and beyond aren't any better, and he prefers to make the hard choices this year. "If you never go to the gym and do the heavy lifting, you can't complain about not getting stronger," Kozachik said.
Settlement Offer OK'd
The council approved a $400,000 settlement offer to the parents of a slain woman over what they allege was Tucson Police Department negligence.
John and Wendy Hicks claim police failed to protect their daughter from a violent ex-boyfriend even though their daughter, Ashley Hicks, took out a restraining order against Joseph Francis in 2012. Although Francis defied the restraining order numerous times, TPD officers never arrested him, the parents allege in court records.
Francis shot and killed Ashley Hicks in December 2012. The family, which filed a lawsuit in December, originally sought $5 million from the city.