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"If you want to know what people truly value, look at what they spend their money on. It's as true for cities as it is for individuals. The Poulsbo City Council's finance committee has developed its budget recommendation for the 2000 carryover. And, it's a pretty good plan by and large. It even includes a prudent surplus to put away for the inevitable surprises and shortfalls yet to come. However, we were puzzled by the committee's varying response to requests for help by community partner organizations. We frankly don't understand its thinking. We were hoping the EDC would have received more dollars. The EDC received about half of the money it requested to help attract potential employers to Kitsap County. The EDC is an important partner to the city, but it got a limp financial handshake. More confusing is the $14,000 the committee has budgeted to help the school district with the ever-increasing operating costs for the swimming pool. Some members of the committee don't even want to invest that tiny amount. The city is assisting the school district with not much more than it is paying to televise its meetings for the rest of the year. It looks to us like the EDC and NK school district want to partner with the city, but the city just essentially said, no thanks. "