Thursday, April 8, 2010

Deep Thoughts on City Council vs City Staff, by John Hammer

"...a classic case of the city staff versus the City Council.

The City Council said it wanted a no-tax-increase budget,
so the staff came back with the proposed cuts that will cause the most public outcry.

...note that these suggested cuts directly impact the citizens, taxpayers and voters.

There were few suggestions that an administrative aide whose workload has dropped because of the down economy be terminated. City offices are full of people who don't provide direct services to the public and their jobs appear to be safe because the criteria for suggesting cuts is that it has to be something that will cause an uproar so the council will decide that it is a necessary service.

...what the City Council talked about a lot was not reducing spending but increasing revenue, which means charging the citizens that use services more money for those services.

The council is big into raising parking fees downtown and parking fines. "

John Hammer
The Rhinoceros Times, April 8, 2010
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