Aspen aims to trim its meal tab to cut expenses |

Aspen aims to trim its meal tab to cut expenses

ASPEN, Colorado ” Financial records show the city of Aspen spent more than $250,000 on meals over the past two years, mostly for volunteers who serve on task forces, boards and commissions.

The Aspen Times reported Wednesday that the city’s tab was nearly $140,000 last year and nearly $115,000 the year before.

City officials expect that to drop significantly this year as they look for ways to save money amid the recession. Less that $25,000 is budgeted for meals in 2009, although some will be charged in other budget categories in various departments.

City Manager Steve Barwick says feeding volunteers is an incentive for them to show up and an inexpensive way to show appreciation.

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