A Resident would like to know…

This is not from me this was from an email from someone I thought it was very good and should be put up here.

I have questions:

Was Act 345 voter approved?  I don’t remember doing that.

The council’s hands are tied?  I thought that was the main reason they were there, for the budget.

Berry said he voted for it, but “This budget really, really bothers me,” he said.  Why vote for something that concerns the entire city when he feel so bothered by it?

I thought we began this fiscal year with a deficit, but Paletko said the city began the current fiscal year with a $2.4 million fund balance, WTH?

“Due to these inaccurate numbers, I believed that the city would be in a deficit before fiscal year end and we are,” Badalow said. “My issue last year is the same as this year.”  If she was right last year, why did council approve it this year?  Badalow said she believes there is a deficit currently, and council has asked how large it is and hasn’t gotten an answer. If the city is in a deficit, she said she doesn’t want to support a budget that doesn’t have a deficit reduction plan.  Van Houten agreed.

Think anyone can explain these things?

 

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5 thoughts on “A Resident would like to know…”

  1. Sean

    I have been asking the Mayor for a long time to give up even just 2% of his pay to help out I guess he does not feel like it. I would like to know if he even gave up is longevity and did his assistant?

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  2. I hope that the mayor will be doing his part to his part to keep DH from being “shut down”. But, since nothing in that office has been given up, it’s extremely unlikely!! Get rid of that $700+ a month car and stop people in the city from using them for personal use would be a start! There is just NO reason they should be taking them home. And “a light bulb”. PLEASE. There not something better to use as an example?

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  3. MARGE I THOUGHT THAT WAS YOUR JOB TO SEE WERE THE MONEY AND BUGET ARE. YOU HAD MONTHS TO FIND OUT AND THEN VOTE FROM A NO TO A YES .YOU ARE LIKE TOM BERRY AND KEN BARON A KISS UP TO THE MAYOR. JUST LIKE THE CARS AND TRUCKS YOU HAD MONTHS TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE PICTURES YOU WERE GIVEN AND WHAT IS THE COUNCIL GOING TO DO GIVE IN TO THE MAYOR AGAIN.

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  4. Marge

    Thank you for the answers I will say that you all have been asking for so long for information that never comes you may be right you would have not gotten any information. Just as it has been for the past 6/7 months that is the real outrage the fact that a council is forced to vote on a budget not knowing the numbers because the administration is to busy trying to play games with it. How much do you think the increase in Act 345 will affect our taxes? I think we are going to be in the tank anyway because the numbers are not going to come through as they did not this budget they will not on the new one either. Not to mention our CASH FLOW problems… Again Thank you Marge

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  5. Act 345 was passed by the voters many, many years ago. The problem with the Act is that it can be raised to any amount by the administration without going to the vote of the public. Another problem if the Act doesn’t support the fund then the money would have to come out of general fund and we would really be in the tank if that happened. As for the upcoming budget, if it weren’t passed we would shut down just like the big boys in Washington. The Mayor said as much and after doing some research it is partically true. I too am not happy with the budget. We have asked and never received an answer as to how bad it is.. While some will argue that we still had a few weeks to talk about the budget my question is this, what information do we think we would have been given in the next few weeks that would make a difference? The same as the past 6/7 months, nothing.

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