At the January 10 2012 City council meeting councilman Apigian made an observation. He pointed out that the council only has about three weeks to formulate the cuts to the budget. He all so said that the longer the council and the Mayor wait the less they are going to gain with those cuts. The city’s half way through the budget year. So what happened in the first half of this budget year? Nothing.
Last June councilwoman Badalow dared to suggest that she wanted to start moving on the cuts then. The man who runs this city tried his best to humiliate her by saying in essence she didn’t know what she was talking about. Same meeting councilwoman Van Houten said the sooner they get started the better. That’s six months of nothing, six months of the man who runs the show doing nothing. Go back to the adoption of this budget by the council. In this budget the Mayor put nothing in place for deficit reduction he should have it would have been prudent to do so. He knew than that the city was running a deficit and still did nothing. The council is not in charge of putting together a deficit budget plan the plan must come from HIM. Once submitted to them then they (the council) can work from there. As councilwoman Van Houten pointed out at this last meeting. We might have to make changes on a monthly basis to be on track for this budget year.
Councilman Berry asked for numbers. I want numbers, I want to see numbers, I need numbers. Councilman Berry would like to Chart the city’s progress. As he said how else are we going to know if we are reaching our goals. You think Mr. Mayor you can get the man some numbers to work with? Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton pointed out that the deficit reduction plan submitted to the council was very basic. She asked when the council would be getting something of substance. We need to see how we are going to reach our goals. The MATT (man at the top) said that we can not work on formulating a plan when there is no plan to work on. Can’t expand on something that this administration has yet to formulate. Think I got the essence of what the MATT was trying to say.
There was a common thread at the first council meeting of the year. SHOW ME THE NUMBERS, LET’S GET GOING, AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING…. Well 6 months into the budget year and exactly what Councilwoman Badalow and Van Houten were trying to avoid is happening. Not enough time to come up with the $900,000.00 by the end of the budget year. If I remember correctly councilwoman Badalow said back in June, July, or August that she did not want to try to find the savings half way through the year. Sorry, but that is just what has happened. Once again MATT forever thumbing his nose at the council has managed to put the city in an impossible position. There will be monthly meetings on the budget the third Tuesday of the month. Good thing they insisted on it why with all that the Mayor has on his plate according to Council Chair Baron. Well it’s only 150,000.00 a month for the next (6) months the city has to cut.