I was disappointed in the entire budget. Eton stays open, the clerk, the assessor and HR all get at least additional part time help. Cuts were not deep enough.
Substantial money was taken from police department with reason. $500,000 cut was overtime used to compensate for writing tickets – as Janet Badalow said we shouldn’t incentizie people to do their jobs. Both Chief and Mayor stated that legislation passed last year prevented them from telling officers to write tickets. The legislation actually prevents a them telling police how MANY tickets to write. – saying to police to do their job and enforce the law (traffic or otherwise) is reasonable. Enforcement of laws is part of job description. This cut does not impact the ability for police to provide security and protection for residents.
The above is a comment put on here by Citizen 1 I’ve posted it at the start of this blog post because I think there are many here in the city feeling they’ve been bamboozled.
It’s a well know fact that the Mayor has used the Police department as a revenue generating machine to balance his budget. He’s turned them into a department that no longer writes tickets as part of their job, but only if they get paid overtime to do so. When the over time stopped so did the tickets some refer to this as “” I refer to it as a break down in how the system is supposed to work. While others would like to lay blame at the feet of the police I think the blame starts and ends with this administration who went along with this and encouraged it as long as it was making them look good. I don’t care when it started if this was how it was before this administration he should have put a stop to it when he first took office. That wasn’t the case. We would like to blame the police union for getting a great contract well they asked and it was given to them by this administration. This administration who said they had to and we all know the story by now for the Health Care savings that never came. The over-time is out of control and this administration can’t stop it the council has cut some of it, but why hasn’t the Mayor before this?
You have an administration that wants to give department heads something that people are calling a DROP for them. The difference is when the officers come back to work for 5 years they don’t collect their pensions. With this new agreement the Mayor is willing to bring them back with full salary and give them their pensions. Again the same sorry excuse being used “savings in health care.” People not only have we not seen this great savings it’s gone up and will continue to do so. They clam that we don’t want to have a talent drain on the city that’s another reason they use to have them take the early out and come back to work. Sorry to say, but the deputy director of the recreation department has been working for the city for 24 years. By all accounts she’s good at her job and has a very good understanding as to how that department runs. After 24 years you mean to tell me there is still some great insight to the job that the director needs to teach her. That’s a reason to bring him back after he retires at his full salary and pension.
All the up roar made over closing the Eton center it was never going to happen folks the Mayor can’t afford to loss his bloc of voters. While I’m grateful for the town hall meetings about the HO what was the point? It seems to me the only reason for those “town hall meetings” was to lie to the residents, scare the seniors and well get us to “Save Our City.” Are we saving our city? As said during all of that the HO wasn’t going to be enough cuts were going to be made to make up the rest. So where are the CUTS couple of people good people from what I’ve been told lost their jobs. The city has to come up with $800,000.00 a year in savings in-order to get out of the deficit it’s now in. If you look at the budget the Mayor claims a surplus at the end of the budget year (wink, wink) come on anyone can make anything look good on paper. Move a number here over-estimate the revenues and “VOILA!” you have just made a balanced budget with a surplus. When those numbers don’t come to pass well we’ll just deal with that further on down the road.
I hope for all our sakes his numbers are right, but if past history has taught me anything with this administration it’s more of the same smoke and mirrors. We’ve been down this road before that’s what got us here to start with. I’ve heard the Library will be going for a Millage come this next year, water rates will continue to rise replacing the revenue not generated from traffic tickets and so will ACT 345. The city can’t operate without people to run it and those people don’t and can’t work for free. So where does that leave us well if you believe the Mayor we’ll be just fine if you don’t believe him and let’s just wait and see this next year what it brings we could be up the “creek without a paddle. ”
- S.F. mayor budgets for more cops, fire personnel (sfgate.com)
- Council Votes to Outsource Police, Fire (myfoxdetroit.com)
- Inkster Police Layoffs