It’s budget time again here in Dearborn Heights or as I like to call it “Fantasy Time.” It’s that time of the year when the Mayor puts together his budget or ‘farce’ might be a better word to describe the budget. The Farce then is submitted to the Council for approval. Yes, year after year this happens and year after year the Mayor gets his budget approved. Budget after Budget based on unobtainable numbers savings that never happen (Health Care Savings) anyone remembers that one. Have no fear if the City falls short, from what the Mayor projected in his budget he can borrow from other departments in the City. This year is no different and it’s already been approved by the council.
- The Headlee Override Money
- Almost a million from the cable companies that he rolls into the budget. The cable company money is revenue to the City.
- Tax revenue
The City that’s only open 4 days a week. The four-day work week that was supposed to save the City money I dare him to show me where he’s kept track of that savings.
The early retirements to those who took it and if I’m not mistaken most if not all are still working for the City. Pension and salary yes they are not collecting any more towards their pensions and so on I get it. The cuts in staff for maybe a year the deputy Clerk has been put back in the budget and is working. The deputy comptroller taken out of the budget has been put back and one hired. A new department (ordinance) put in place with a department head and one or two full-timers. Yep, the Headlee Override money that was supposed to pull the City from the brink of disaster has done much more than that.
As I write this I am well aware that it isn’t going to make one bit of difference I understand that the Council will approve what every BUDGET is put before them, but I just have to vent.