For all to see, demand full transparency for your tax dollars. You are the shareholders and the City Council, City Manager/asssistant City Manager work for you, make them accountable. Demand a full detailed expense list of all travel for city officail / mayor / city council members / department officials ect., on line for a reasonable period of time similar to city minutes, you get the message. No travel if needed information / training etc. is available on line. Cut the waste, go to a zero based budget.
How about moving the city budget from a split year such as 2012-2013 to a calendar year? Many companies have done this.