Huge Thank You to Mark Kindred, Ben Pender, Debbie Snow, Shane Siwik, and Kevin Rapp. I support the City Council hiring their Attorney. Keep Up the Good Work Thank You for your Service.
Well, now the budget is coming to a head. Last night the city council overwhelmingly sent a message to the mayor that citizens pay property taxes to have capital improvement done in their community. In this tightest of budget years, the mayor proposed a reduction of capital by half over last year with no reduction in staff. We feel she is balancing this shortfall on the backs of the community’s curb, gutter, sidewalk…on the back of lighting up our dark streets, on the back of doing what citizens pay taxes for. However, she made no concessions in staff, no reduction, and in fact, she herself would have been part of was part a 3% raise to city employees. We changed all that last night.
Ben Pender has been critical of how may employees in the city have take home cars. He sought to curb that amount.
I pushed for increased street lighting.
Kevin sought for an official rfq from any interested agencies for Animal Services to see if there was a way to save money there.
Debbie supported the idea of dissolving Urban Livability and putting Code Enforcement under Economic Development while Animal Control would go under police. As well Code Enforcement would be reduced by 100,000 thereby bringing them in line with the same budget as animal services.
Mark Kindred proposed cutting the mayors administrative budget from 1.9 million dollars to 1.6 millions dollars.
As well, we agreed to defund the city newsletter and contract with the Valley Journals, thereby saving 40,000 a year, officially asked for an rfq for ambulance services and took elected officials out of the proposed raises.
It is refreshing to see that this council understands that the residents of this city pay taxes to see improvements. And when times get lean, as they are now, you don’t simply balance the budget on the backs of projects that can physically change the city just so you can maintain the same level of administration.
If you want to change a community, you have to change it physically. Sometimes you have to decrease overhead (overhead that has increased over the past few years) so that you can make those changes.