The Mayors Plan not the deficit reduction plan, this plan does not address the deficit from last year… The mayor does not plan on submitting a deficit reduction plan to the council until sometime mid-January. One council member did come to the meeting last night with some ideas to cover the cuts. That would be councilwoman Badlow. No surprise the mayor was not willing to have anything to do with it. The city has to come up with 2.0 million for next year’s budget and 2.1 million borrowed form restricted water funds that must be paid back. Not including the deficit from last year.
Look below and see what the Mayor came up with pay close attention to revenue from the justice department +$200, 00.00. From where do you think that is going to come from? At the same time he is cutting police overtime by $200,000.00. I think all of us are well aware of the coalition between overtime and traffic tickets. There is 10% from the police officers the administration still has not successfully negotiated that. Has this administration learned nothing? Last year’s budget fell short on revenue from the justice department. If you notice health care no savings. The mayor based this year’s budget (passed by the council) on health care savings. The mayor said over and over again that the council had to approve the contracts because of the savings in health care the city would get. Has this administration learned nothing from the past? Stop putting numbers that are not realistic. Stop using maybe’s and funny accounting to make the numbers work. Stick with the facts at hand. Expect the worst and if the city fairs better great, but stop with the fast and loss with the numbers. Councilwoman Horvath said what I’m sure all were thinking “looking at these numbers I do not believe you.” Let’s be honest it’s not the Mayors fault he has done it this way for so long and gotten his way why change now. Looking at this “Plan” if I were on council I would be insulted as a taxpayer I sure am.
The Treasure talked about Cash Flow or the lack of. Last year the city borrowed 9.7 million this year it’s expected to be 13.4 million and the city will start borrowing next month. I hope the council will look at councilwoman Badlows ideas as councilman Berry said “I may not agree with all of them, but at least she did something.” I agree you do not have to like them, but they are a starting point for the council. Tweak them, expand on them. Just remember you are the one’s that control the budget.
|State Shared Revenue||4,094,700||4,754,700|
|Reimbursements Other Funds||4,125,000||3,725,000|
|Finance and Admin||752,021||653,838|
|Addition Court Revenue||200,000|
|Police Overtime Reduction||200,000|
|Court Staff Reduction||85,000|
|10% Police, Dispatcher (1/2 Year)||275,000|
|Early Out Retirement||180,000|