All this talk about the elimination of jobs got me thinking and asking some questions. Department Heads are having their budget meetings with the mayor. The budget is submitted to the council in April one department has already eliminated from what I can see from comments coming up here two (2) positions. Early outs are offered right now not sure who is taking them if anyone. One position being eliminated is for someone who has been with the city for 22 years this person is leaving. Leaving before the city council votes on the budget. One council person pointed out to me that we have not even voted on the budget yet. Who says we are going to agree with that elimination? Well looking at the history of this council it is understandable why this person would take an early out (if they did.) I would not want to put my life in the hands of a yes or no vote from the council. This council voted with the exception of councilwoman Badalow for this budget now that still has not been amended. When this last budget was put before the council the mayor was short in police revenue he was to send out “warrant officers” door to door to collect over a million dollars. This was from out standing traffic tickets the mayor assured the council that he was going to get the money. Even with that the council passed the budget. The council was told at the time if you do not pass this budget will have to layoff 40 people.
That brings me to this if this budget is not going to contain salary cuts for department heads how can the council pass it? Three years ago department heads got salary increases even during these economic times. Three years ago the city was well aware of what was going on and that it was going to get worse. Even still the mayor gave salary increases to his department heads. Well roll them back that simple that easy. Can the council pass a budget that does not include getting rid of cell phone stipends can they pass a budget that does not include getting rid of department heads having cars. Is the council going to pass a budget that does not include the mayor taking a cut in his salary. Would the council approve a budget that did not include turning the assistant to the mayor from full-time to part-time. What is the mayor really ready to do and what is the council really ready to vote on?