Guys hate to say it, but it looks like a millage is in our future. There has been rumors for the past few months that the Mayor is going to go for a millage of course the city council will have to approve this. Tonight there was meeting to look at the revenues in the budget.. They Mayor said ” If tax revenues stay as they are there is no way to balance the budget without a millage.” He is looking for one to one and half mill it will have to go before the voters.
He went on to talk about a memorandum concerning a letter of understanding between the city and the unions and he thinks that this is achievable. The letter that he is talking about is a letter of understanding between the city and the unions for the employees of the city to give up their longevity for two years and then the city will pay it back. Longevity this amount in the budget is
Before he has signed agreements from the unions he is putting the amount in the budget as 0. It is interesting to note that he did not tell the council that ASFCEME turned it down flat.. Longevity is 542,258.00 if I was on the council I would not accept this. You can not put things in a budget that are not facts just because you think you can twist enough arms to get it done does not make it so..
Talk turn to this budget when Councilwoman Van Houten pointed out that the city is running a Deficit budget and how are we going to pay for that. She puts the number from 1.2 million to 2.5 million councilwoman Badalow agreed with that. She asked when is he going to address that? When is a report going to go to the State and what is the plan to pay for this? While he is talking about a new budget this budget we are in now is at a deficit. His answer to this was we have the incinerator property, when he writes to the state about this he will be using the sale of that property in September if it goes through. This is the big plan but the sale of that property will only bring in 1.2 that is not enough to cover the deficit amount. That’s the big plan to make the city solid again..