As far back as 2010 former councilwoman, Badalow and Van Houten asked about the excess in the CSO Millage. They questioned the amount in this fund and asked at the time to have it lowered. I believe councilman Berry also had concerns about the water fund and this CSO Millage. Mayor Paletko wasn’t the Mayor in 1998, he sure was on City Council. He was well aware of what the residents paid into this account as Mayor and a CPA when members of City council, brought this to his attention he should have reduced it. No other council members voted on or discussed this Millage. Now in 2015 the Mayor pushed by a resident for answers ask for an opinion only to have them tell him what was said five years ago. Do we as residents get that money sent back to us in the form of a refund from the City with a thank you letter? No.
Yes, there is 6.8 million, this as the letter indicates is well over what is still owed. The last bond will mature in 2017.
Now what will happen with the 3.2 million that’s left after all bonds are paid off?
This Mayor and other elected officials in this City had their hands so deep in our pockets that the City will get after all is paid off over 3 million dollars of our money back in the general fund. This wasn’t good accounting or even being smart with our money. This was just doing something that the residents of the City didn’t pay attention to. To think that this Mayor can put another 3.2 million of our money into the general fund. Even when the law was clear that he should have lowered the rate years ago makes me so angry. Council when at least two council members brought this to your attention five years ago why didn’t you do something for us? All the years since not one of you looked/noticed something was wrong?
Five years ago was there even one resident who asked or called after this was brought up at a council meeting? I recall writing something here about it but did anyone ask or demand that the law be followed? As residents don’t we have some responsibility to make sure the people we elect are acting in our best interest? What can we do about it now? Nothing. Are we going to sue the City to give back our money? Is there even a provision in the law to do such a thing? I know what everyone is going to say make sure they don’t get re-elected. That’s fine to say this how are we going to make sure they aren’t re-elected? It’s not going to happen as long as we sit at home on election day. It’s not going to happen when the majority of residents aren’t even aware that these things are happening.
I thank Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton for all her work on this, and Councilman Berry five years ago for asking about this along with former Councilwoman Badalow and Van Houten. We won’t know until 2017 how much money is left or even what can be done with that money. One thing is for sure this Mayor will not be getting credit for it. Not if we remember what he’s done To let this man take credit for not following the law and spin it in a way that will make him look like some ‘budget genius’ would be an insult to us all.