This is what the Mayor is proposing to over come the 700,000.00 shortfall he is already predicting for this budget. This is the budget that he just got done selling to the Council in April. Don’t forget we still have a $3.5 million dollar deficit from last years budget. It’s a three-pronged approach: a furlough day as for those working in City Hall and non-emergency positions, a 10% pay cut for those working in an emergency positions and a millage for the residents . Furlough days for departments that have 2 people working in them departments and are already under staffed as it is. Who is going to get the 10% pay cuts? well, the Mayor claims (and I say claims) that he is going to ask the Fire and Police to take 10%. Ten percent from the fire department who have not even signed a new contract yet.. I think the Mayor is going to try to sell a millage to the taxpayers by saying he is going to do these two things in the city to get us to vote on a millage. That’s right folks what we have been hearing for months now he has finally admitted to. This is the same man who has been saying for more than two years that things are looking bad and yet did not do anything proactive to help prevent this from coming to a head. This is the same man who up until just two months ago would not even admit to the council that the city had a deficit. This is the same man who has not even prepared a deficit reduction plan for last years budget. The same man who sold the budget at the last council meeting as something he was SO confident in. That was for the camera, but at the study session August 16 he said that he was going to be $700,000.00 short and we are only in August.
Just how is this supposed to work? Take the Assessors department, want to know how many people work there? Answer: (2) two people. So, if one takes a furlough day that leaves one person to run the department, right? The Human Resource department has two (2) people in it. On a furlough day, that would leave one in that department. Every department has been cut to the bone and every department is under staffed. What could he be thinking? After watching this man for the past couple of years, I think he will tell the council whatever they need to hear to make sure they are on board with a millage ballot proposal. He will pay (lip service) to all of us to get what he needs.
How nice that our Mayor has talked with some business owners in the city to as he put it get “seed money” to pay for promoting his millage. Councilman Berry said that he has talked to 200 people who are willing to pay more taxes. Have to say, I have not talked with one person who is willing to give this administration one more penny to waste.. This is the same administration that has taken so much from others and has not taken one penny from himself or his assistant. This is the same administration that gives little to no information to the council, and hides everything. The same administration that fought so hard for his department heads to keep taking their city owned cars home with them. This is the same administration that instructed his assistant not to answer any of the council’s questions. The same administration that is stonewalling the council on fuel cards for the city cars.
This is the same administration that just paid a former employee a $10,000.00 settlement. Yes, that’s right $5,000.00 to the former employee and 5,000.00 to their lawyer in two separate checks. You know what that means, he did not have to go before the council to have them sign off on it. There is so much more and I will be writing more about it, but the bottom line is this administration cannot be trusted. Not one word that is being sold now should even be taken as a truthful statement from this Man. He has sold us so much crap in the past two years I think he is just going to be selling us some more.
When I see the Police and Fire sign that they are going to take another 10% cut, or when I see that the Mayor is going to cut his office budget (including his own salary), or when I see some of the ideas that the council is going to put forward into action. Then, Mr. Mayor, you can come and ask me to pay more. You Mr. Mayor will look like you are trying to clean up your mess. When I see you be more transparent, when I see you forth coming with the council and working with them instead of treating them as bothersome little flies. Then maybe Mr. Mayor I will vote for your millage