Today's Beacon reports that the Virginia Beach City Council is looking to eliminate the dinners it gets at meetings to save a whopping $4,886 per year. It's suppose to be symbolic in this era of budget cuts.
There's a very practical reason residents should want Council fed. Usually meetings begin around 1-2 P.M., with formal session at 6 P.M. If they haven't had dinner, residents going to address Council that evening are going to be facing a grumpy bunch on the dais. I know I'd be seriously annoyed if 7:30 rolled around and I still hadn't had dinner after a long work day.
Let them have a sub or something. Maybe send out for a bucket of chicken or two. Cut the price, but don't eliminate the meal altogether. Remember that Council formerly had cold sandwiches until then-Councilman Richard Maddox pushed for hot meals.
If Council wants to do something to cut costs where they themselves are concerned, take a pay cut. If you're in public service for the money, you're doing it for the wrong reason.