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The Bottom Line: Cities have gas, but budgets are blown away

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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2005 6:42 am | Updated: 7:54 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The energy crunch caused by Hurricane Katrina is taking its toll on local cities. While none figure they’ll run out of fuel as long as Gulf Coast refineries get back online quickly, the skyrocketing prices are putting a crimp on City Hall’s bottom line.

"We are trying to keep our inventory as high was possible so we have fuel for the city in case something else happens and there is a shortage," said Bob Atwood, Mesa acting fleet support director.

"Obviously, it’s going to cause a shortage in our fuel budget. We’re projecting, and it’s a very, very rough projection because of the way the cost of fuel is moving up and down, but we’re projecting probably around $500,000 for the fiscal year."

To conserve, contractors who supply cities with gas are making the deliveries smaller.

"The vendors will honor contracts, but they won’t guarantee that you’re going to get what you requested," said Danny Johnson, Scottsdale fleet director. "We used to get 7,000 or 8,000 gallons delivered at a time. Now they’re saying, ‘Expect about 4,000 gallons.’ "

EXPORTING BUSINESS

Gilbert is looking for some local companies that want to do business in Ireland.

The town plans a trip in early November to the Emerald Isle, and it wants to take about 10 businesses with it. The goal is to take advantage of several local ties to the Sister Cities program.

Gilbert’s Sister City is Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland. Peoria’s Sister City is in Ards, Northern Ireland. Tempe has a Sister City in Carlow, Ireland, and Phoenix has one in Ennis, Ireland.

Companies in Ireland have been here to talk business, and now they’d like to have some firms visit them, said Greg Tilque, Gilbert economic development director.

Those who go will get a chance to explore the marketplace for expansions or look for export opportunities.

BOTTOM’S UP

Just when you thought there might be a part of your body that couldn’t be enhanced cosmetically, there is this.

The Spa at CopperWynd in Fountain Hills is offering designer eyelash extensions. The resort promises Betty Davis eyes.

"Gone are those crazy false lashes that have to be glued on and look like caterpillars on and off the eye," the resort says. "Each lash is applied one by one to your own lash, extending and enhancing your lashes, giving you a glamorous hassle-free look."

Lashes can last up to two months and can be filled and replaced as needed. The first application is $150 and each partial fill is $45.

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