When the city announced a poll this week to choose a logo for its new 311 non-emergency call center, Ponzi the pig got caught up in a design frenzy. He imagined himself the Renaissance master Michelpigelo.

For the $800,000 the 311 service will cost, surely, Ponzi thought, there could be a rich commission for a fine artist like himself to paint the new logo …

… on the ceiling of the Civic Center.

$800,000, Ponzi mused, why that’s equivalent to a 2 percent increase in the property tax. Never mind that the city manager says he’ll save more than that by cutting the jobs of people now answering the phones in various city departments when he centralizes the service.

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  1. City has not projected a savings for the 311 call center

    At the budget hearing – the city did not claim any savings in tax dollars, for providing the new 311 center,  It was stated there would be no effect on net employment.  It was implied that the $800,000 was for start up costs.

    It this is not correct – can we get the staff memo posted to what is actually going on?


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