Excerpt: Going out on a limb here, but if Sandusky city commissioners give the city budget the same level of attention they gave it last year, look for a unanimous vote from all seven within 10 minutes after it's presented.
Commissioners meet at 5 p.m. Monday for a public hearing of the 2013 budget and union contracts. Commissioners Wes Poole and Diedre Cole both have raised concerns with the ineffectiveness of commission and its lack of follow through. They are hopelessly ignored, however, by an irresponsible and oblivious majority on commission.
City manager Nicole Ard has yet to present a budget the city's chartered finance committee is willing to approve, and budget crib notes from Ard should not serve as a roadmap to Sandusky's financial future.
Look for members of commission's majority coalition, all five of whom voted blind for the deficit budget of 2012, to fire up the excuse and blame machine and avoid the hard questions about where the cuts are and how they will impact city services.
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What: Sandusky city commission
When: 5 p.m. Monday
Where: Commission chambers, City Hall, 222 Meigs St.
Agenda: 2013 budget, budget cuts, union contracts. Click to read the agenda.
Click here to read a previous budget story.
Read the rest of this 'Between the Lines' column in Sunday's Register. Click here to subscribe to the ePaper, for home delivery or buy a Register daily at a newsstand near you.