Columbia City Council candidates offer ideas on city revenue

Thursday, April 1, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Times are tough for the city of Columbia, so tough that this year's city budget of $403 million was nearly 3 percent less than in fiscal year 2009. When the City Council approved the spending plan in September, it marked the first time since the mid-1980s that it had approved a budget that was smaller than the year before.