"The city is in a historic position right now to write its own future," said Covington city manager Larry Klein during the presentation of his recommended 2013-14 budget. "What we're saying with this budget is, let's choose a path and follow it. We may not have another opportunity like this in a generation."
Tuesday night's presentation was starkly different from the presented budgets of the previous two years that included cuts to public safety, reorganization of city departments, and the elimination of jobs. Public meetings at City Hall were often long, tense, and argumentative.
That was then. This is now.
Tuesday's presentation ended with applause.
"I'm really excited about this budget," said finance director Bob Due. "It's a paradigm shift and a real opportunity."