Every newspaper I pick up and read; every news magazine I read; all of the TV news programs I watch -- they are ALL talking about this "recession" we are in.
Housing market -- big hit. Stock market -- big hit. Real estate sales -- big hit. Almost every City, County and State in the US -- big hits.
How come we seem to be the only City not having budget or monetary problems enabling the new Administration to spend with ease?
Yes, some of those raises shouldn't have come out of TIF, and I thank the two who stood against these raises.
Why are we playing nickles and dimes with the police and fire and why all the grandstanding last year about the monies?
The last Mayor WAS ORDERED to cut $600,000.00 from last year's budget. Did we cut it? Nooooo. The Controller shored up that budget by taking monies from Riverboat, Rainy Day, etc. Wouldn't you think this will compound our problems this year by those cuts NOT BEING MADE?
The year-end financials are due out soon and I guess we will all be taking a hard look at that legal. After same is published, taxpayers have ten days to remonstrate with a petition of ten taxpayers, filed in the County Auditor's office.
The $119,000.00 payment made out of sewers to our "out sourced" garbage company, without Sewer Board approval, really needs attention from the State. Wasn't this company suppose to SAVE US money? Why didn't the Sewer Board vote on it? How can someone else make that kind of arbitrary decision?
Senator Sipes' office sure received some telephone calls, as did Mr. Pride, over these issues. Senator Sipes even checked with the legislators' attorneys and they said no way to using TIF for any kind of salary, as did Mr. Pride.
It burns me to compare this City to Louisville, or any other surrounding City. There is no way I have even remotely the services as they do -- at least you can drive down the streets.
Are you, as taxpayers, aware Mr. Malysk wants to give "vacant buildings" downtown tax abatements?
The new Consent Decree is winging it's way to us soon, and I surely hope we have the votes to have Council keep control of the Sewer Board. What with storm water monies, drainage monies (no, they never did take that out of Sewers the way they SWORE THEY HAD TO), sanitation monies (?), and sewer monies -- one heck of a slush fund.
If Council loses control of the Sewer Board, I guarantee you one heck of an increase and each of these Council members will be held responsible at election time.
So many people have read all that has happened lately with the monies and they are absolutely in shock. Telephone call after telephone call asking me -- don't they know what shape people are in? My answer to them is I don't know. I only know how I feel...being used to keep other people in the lifestyle they have become familiar with...not bettering mine or yours in any way, shape, fashion, or form.
Another question people are asking over and over is how does a "deputy" Mayor make more than the "real" Mayor? To them I answer again, I have no clue. There is no logic in most people's thinking as to why an employee would make more than the "boss".
My only hope is "their" phones are ringing as much as mine with the complaints and worries from citizens in New Albany.
Recession, regression and repression...and?