Seniors…How Much Does Mayor Paletko Care About You?

You have to wonder just how much Mayor Paletko really supports Seniors in the City? After all he just allowed his department head to put in for a new lease car that if not investigated would have cost $12,000.00. That money would have come from the CDBG grant. As most of you are I’m sure are aware that lease car isn’t covered under the CDBG grant. A fact I’m sure Mayor Paletko was aware of, but why not he got away with it before. Yep there was a leased car that did cost thousands from the CDBG Grant. This because when the Mayor hired the new CEDD Director he promised him a car. Not just any car would do as part of his package. No it had to be a leased car. So when the Mayor was taking 12,000.00 away from the CDBG Grant he was taking away from the seniors in this City. That money could have gone years ago to hire a senior coordinator. A coordinator the recreation department had to do without. Why? There wasn’t enough money. There was enough money. It was just being used on a New Car. Oh so sorry Mr. Mayor  I’m making speeches about this.

“But we keep hearing speeches about it,” Paletko said.

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Seniors…How Much Does Mayor Paletko Care About You?”

  1. Grandma Suzanne,

    For the FY year ending June 30, 2013 the figure are:

    Propose and adopted revenue $40,570,184.00
    Amended and adopted revenue $38,750,194,00
    Actual revenue as of April 30,2013 $34,750,383.00
    Revenue reported to the state due later
    Estimated Fund balance on 2012-13 ($ 510,735)
    Estimated Fund balance on 2013-14 ($1,391,956.00)
    Fund balance reported to the state due later
    Fund balance on city record not available

    Propose and adopted expenses $38,194,884.00
    Amended and adopted expenses $38,750,194.00
    Actual expenses as of April 30,2013 $31,136,205.00
    Expenses reported to the state due later

    For the FY year ending June 30, 2012 the figure are:

    Proposed and adopted revenue $36,360,646.00
    Amended and adopted revenue $36,360,646.00
    Actual revenue as of April 30,2012 $30,694,359.00
    Actual revenues as of June 30,2012 $35,651,364.00
    Revenue reported to the state $35,651,357.00
    Estimated deficit on 2012-13 ($2,886,035.00)
    Deficit on city record ($3,417,256.00)
    Fund balance reported to the state ($5,777,335.00)

    Proposed and adopted expenses $36,182,580.00
    Amended and adopted expenses $36,360,646.00
    Actual expenses as of April 30,2012 $30,694,222.00
    Actual expenses as of June 30,2012 $36,182,580.00
    Expenses reported to the state $36,182,578.00

    For the FY year ending June 30, 2011 the figure are:

    Proposed and adopted revenue $37,944,453.00
    Amended and adopted revenue $38,089,553.00
    Actual revenue as of April 30,2011 $29,791,430.00
    Actual revenues as of June 30,2011 $34,946,053.00
    Actual revenue reported to the state $34,946,056.00
    Estimated Fund balance on 2010-11 $3,750,246.00
    Estimated deficit on 2012-13 ($2,886,035)
    Fund balance reported to the state ($5,128,621)

    Propose and adopted expenses $37,944,453.00
    Amended and adopted expenses $38,089,553.00
    Actual expenses as of April 30,2011 $31,338,030.00
    Actual expenses as of June 30,2011 $40,116,439.00
    Actual expenses reported to the state $40,116,445.00

    For comparisons, check DH budget records and compare them with the reported state figures.

    Estimation and actual are financial dilemma that why when the facts realized, a report detailing where and why the estimation missed.

    Estimated figures must be carefully presented based on historical data, and if you spend based on inflated revenue you end up spending your surplus and may be in red ink hole as big as the holes of lot of municipalities.

    More taxes needed for bailout or going under the state EFM.

    Livonia and wasteland did well without a CPA mayors.

    Dearborn Heights bond rating was negatively affected by that.

    ” 4) Why was the City of Dearborn Heights down-graded from an A to BBB by Standard and Poor? According to the S & P credit analyst, Kaitlyn Pulcher, on April 11, 2013. “We believe the city’s finances significantly weakened due to management’s overly optimistic budget assumptions and prior failure to make expenditure adjustments”. Bridge (a magazine that reports on the condition of Michigan cities) stated that the City of Dearborn Heights is one of the local governments that have significantly worsened in their ratings”.

    Notes:
    State Reported Figures are from “Munetrix website”
    Figures are not audited for clerical numerical mistakes.
    Line Items titles may not match actual language from raw data.

    Like

  2. Constitution,

    So all of a sudden this juggernaut of 8.7 million dollars comes up between the time the budget is passed in April 2011 through June of 2011 (just two months time!!!!!): sparking the Headlee Override vote in November 2011.

    Constitution, I have four questions I would ask you to answer.

    1) How on earth could the council and the mayor not see this barreling at them? 8.7 million dollars isn’t some small amount of money and surely it just didn’t come falling from the sky unexpectedly. Obviously, Janet Badalow had down her homework and knew the mayor’s budget was a disaster in the making and tried to warn the other council members who seemed to have fallen asleep at the switch and a mayor who was trying to be an ostrich.

    2) Please tell me what the 8.7 million dollar “unexpected expenditure” was for?

    3) Why did the state get involved and make the council and mayor submit a budget three times before the state would accept it?

    4) Why was the City of Dearborn Heights down-graded from an A to BBB by Standard and Poor? According to the S & P credit analyst, Kaitlyn Pulcher, on April 11, 2013. “We believe the city’s finances significantly weakened due to management’s overly optimistic budget assumptions and prior failure to make expenditure adjustments”. Bridge (a magazine that reports on the condition of Michigan cities) stated that the City of Dearborn Heights is one of the local governments that have significantly worsened in their ratings”.

    Please don’t give me the old saw of “property values went down and so did tax revenue” because all this started to happen around 2007, about 4 years before the budget above was approved and was even more reason for a common-sense budget in 2011.

    Thank You.

    Like

  3. Grandma Suzanne,

    When the mayor presented the FY 2011-12, the actual expenses for FY 2010-11 as of April 30, 2011 as: $31,338,030.00.

    When the mayor presented the FY 2012-13, the actual expenses for FY 2010-11 as of June 30, 2011 as:$40,116, 030.00

    In only 2 month, between april 30 and June 30, 2011 the city budget was adjusted by:
    $8,778,409.00!!!!!!!

    For the FY ended on June 30, 2011

    The original adopted city budget was: $37,338.030.00
    The actual expenses as of April 30, 2011was: $31,338,030.00.
    The Amended city budget was: $38,089.553.00
    The Actual city expenses was: $40,116,030.00

    So in those 2 month the city accuride expenses of $8,778,409.00? And if it was accuride prior to April 30, 2011 then it should be recorded.

    Below is a link to the state reports. Click and go to page # 11.

    You check any FY on the site.

    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/treasury/822040DearbornHeightsCity20111222_372481_7.pdf

    Like

  4. I have been going to City Council meetings for years and have been involved in the city functions long before Mayor Canfield. I know that the current administration chooses to ignore certain things and if they ignore you long enough you eventually go away, because you get tired talking to deaf ears. Most of the Department heads ,Bldg dept, assor office, cheif of police, D.P.W., Compt Troller, Community Development,( in charge of senior bldg) etc. The Mayor tells them what to do. When he tells them to stand up and walk out of a city Council meeting because he doesn’t like what is being said thay do and have done just that. Well I will just take all my marbles and go home. How mature is that. I will not vote for another millage and have my taxes raised. Which is more than they say it is. I pay my taxes and keep my yard up. I do my part I am sorry the Mayor has to lye to do his. I am not paying anymore for his bad decisions with Most of the council backing him.

    Like

  5. Senior Voter,

    Welcome aboard. I am also a senior voter. Until 2011 I was pretty much apathetic towards the running of our city. I started going to council meetings in the spring of 2011 when someone told me that citizens really need to come to city council meetings because of what was going on in city hall. Below is what I have learned.

    Mayor Paletko loves to boast about the fact that he is a CPA and worked for Ford’s. He also loves to point out his opponent, Janet Badalow, “only” has a Masters Degree in Finance. Janet Badalow has also successfully managed businesses and served on the council for 12 years. Following are some samples of Mayor Paletko’s CPA expertise.

    In the spring of 2011, Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko, told the city that his budget was well within the financial means of this city to handle. Councilwoman Badalow who had done her homework on the financial situation of our city told the council that the mayor’s budget did not reflect the true standing of the city’s financial situation and that passing this budget would put the city in severe debt. She even submitted a counter budget (and other budgets since) but the council did not listen and rubber-stamped the mayor’s budget.

    It was less than four months later that the mayor and council were in panic mode because what Councilwoman Badalow had predicted had come true and now the city of Dearborn Heights was several millions of dollars in debt. The council and Mayor Paletko than held town hall meetings to threaten residents that if they did not over-ride the Headlee Amendment/HO (which meant more taxes to our already taxed-out citizens) services like police, fire, emergency, DPW, senior and youth would be cut back drastically or some services cut completely. Frightened residents (my husband and I included) voted to override the Headlee Amendment and increase our taxes because we believed what we had been told at the town hall meetings. The HO and an unexpected rebate kept the city from going into millions of dollars more in debt and not the mayor’s budget, as he likes to claim.

    You would have thought Mayor Paletko learned a lesson but he arrogantly put forth another budget only months after the Headlee override that again was not in keeping with the true financial situation of the city. One councilman called it a “fantasy budget” yet he and the other council members except Janet Badalow voted to pass it. Go figure! Finally the state of Michigan threatened to step in if we didn’t get a realistic budget in place. It took three tries before the state of Michigan would accept a budget from the mayor and council. CPA!!!!

    In fact, just this spring 2013, Dearborn Heights’ Standard and Poor ratings went down from an A to a BBB. According to the S & P credit analyst, Kaitlyn Pulcher, on April 11, 2013. “We believe the city’s finances significantly weakened due to management’s overly optimistic budget assumptions and prior failure to make expenditure adjustments”. Bridge (a magazine that reports on the condition of Michigan cities) stated that the City of Dearborn Heights is one of the local governments that have significantly worsened in their ratings”. Great CPA work there, Mayor Paletko.
    .
    The mayor boasted at the mayoral debate of his great work with the budget this year because his budget shows a “surplus”. A surplus!!!! HUH!!!! We are still millions of dollars in debt, our city hall is only open 4 days a week, our streets are cleaned sporadically and city workers are still under a 10% pay cut. We don’t have an animal control officer to help enforce animal ordinances with dog attacks increasing in the city plus the blight and rat problems are also on the increase in our city.

    Speaking of the 10% pay cut. One city employee is working under a 27% pay cut that was enacted before other city workers took their 10% cut. This city worker originally agreed to the pay cut because it was either accept it or possibly lose his job altogether. His wife became chronically ill afterwards and medical expenses were on the rise for this worker. Janet Badalow, on this city worker’s behalf, asked the city council to approve a motion that would give this city worker back 17% of his pay to put him on par with the 10% cut the other city workers had taken. The majority of the council voted down the motion and to this day this worker, who does the job of three people is laboring under a 27% pay cut instead of a 10% cut like the rest of the city workers are.

    At the mayoral debate, Mayor Paletko proudly boasted that he promised not to close the senior centers. He thinks that the south end “seniors” are stupid. The city owns the Berwyn Senior Center in North Dearborn Heights. School District #7 owns the Eton Senior Center in South Dearborn Heights and leases it to Dearborn Heights for $1.00 a year with the stipulation that the city has to keep it maintained. The Eton Senior Center’s roof is badly in need of repair. At the October 8, 2013 council meeting I asked what the costs would be, the answer “We received three bids but I don’t have the figures with me”. One council person stated they thought it was around $65,000.00. When I asked where the money would come from to pay repairs on a building the city didn’t even own, the bottom line answer was that neither the mayor or the council could come up with an answer. When the building becomes unsafe and no one is allowed to go inside; technically he will not have closed it but realistically he will have done nothing to have kept it from closing. Mayor Paletko can spin words as well as he does numbers don’t be fooled by his promises.

    In addition to the Eton Senior Center needing a new roof is our city hall. In the near future city hall will need a new boiler and roof costing millions of dollars. The mayor knows this but chooses to ignore this impending expense. However, Janet Badalow is already thinking ahead and wants to consolidate and move city hall to the new police station, which has a whole lot of room instead of sinking millions of dollars into the old city hall building.

    Janet Badalow requested an accounting of the usage of city cars (things like mileage, fuel etc). The mayor met this with a letter to all his department heads telling them to take their time in getting this information to Janet Badalow and assuring them this would not reflect on their job performance. In a public recorded council meeting he accused Janet Badalow of requesting this information because it was an “election year”. Truth is Janet Badalow and even some rubber-stamper council members have been requesting this information for years. However, because the old guard on the council is so intimidated by the mayor this request was always voted down.

    Mayor Paletko was thumping his chest about how approachable he is and that he attends a lot of city functions. Janet Badalow is also very approachable and attends many city functions as well. Mrs. Badalow was in the first CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class along with my husband, daughter and myself. No cameras or reporters just long hours of studying and training to really help the community she lives in. She has also participated in various CERT mock emergencies held throughout our city. No other councilperson I know of has taken the time to become Dearborn Heights CERT member since its inception several years ago.

    This city needs to drain off the old tired blood in our city administration and council and vote in some new and fresh blood. Its time for us senior citizens to pass the baton to another generation as these younger statespersons are energetic, smart and most of all they love this city and want to see a thriving place for families and seniors to live in.

    I am attempting to pass out the above to as many houses as I can, as the message of what bad decisions Mayor Paletko has made for this city needs to get out there. Don’t let him get away making promises to keep senior centers open as a way to win votes. We might have been able to get funds from some block grant program to fix up Eton, but allowing a city official to have a brand new lease car paid by a block grant has put us getting any kind of grants in big jeopardy. Nice job their Mr. Mayor CPA!!!

    Like

  6. I’m a senior and I vote. My friend told me about this site been coming about a week now. Have to say some very interesting, and very disturbing things going on in this City.

    That’s a very good question how much does he care about seniors?
    Looking at what was written here not a whole lot.

    Why if this wasn’t allowed under the CDBG grant was a car given?

    Why would the Mayor put this person ahead of taxpayers? Why would the Mayor risk a whole grant to give this person a car?

    Why didn’t the council stop him from hiring someone illegally to the City?

    What if anything did they do about all of this?

    I’m an absentee voter, but have not voted yet. If someone could please answer these questions for me.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s