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Sandusky is not a charity case

Register • May 6, 2013 at 5:30 AM

Excerpt: It seems to never change. Wasting taxpayer money has become a way of life for Sandusky's city government, with little effort to explain and almost none at correcting the problem. And commissioners repeat conversations — from moving City Hall to whether the Keller Building on the waterfront should be demolished — for decades with little capability to manage change or plan for the future. They nurture a blighted future.

And it seems, every few years a commissioner comes forward with a bright idea to get charitable donations to prop up their favorite causes. A few years ago it was commissioner Julie Farrar's grand vision for a rec center, and more recently it's commissioner Jeff Smith's charitable donation to partially fund a $40,000 downtown parking study. 

Last year Cedar Point donated $50,000 to make needed upgrades at the police department, repairs and maintenance the city ignored for years. 

Earlier this month the Wightman-Wieber Foundation agreed to make a charitable donation to pay half the cost of making some repairs at the former Surf's Up waterfront property, a world-class city-owned property the city has neglected for a decade like a slumlord.

The waste adds up to big dollars — money that could be used to address real problems — to improve the quality of life for residents. 

Leadership requires fiscal responsibility and planning, but that's not how this city government functions. 

Operating government by propping it up with charitable donations is not leaderly. 

It's embarrassing.

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