I am not against raises as long as the city has the money available to do so. It seems the city is giving us a sad luck story about not having enough money to give the taxpayers the services they deserve. Services to the citizens decrease when the city hands out raises they can’t afford to hand out.
One commissioner stated that the raises have to be comparable with what other government entities are giving out in raises, but other entities had the additional revenue to give out raises. Perkins bullied
their citizens into passing a levy to keep its new police station open, or it would close the station down if it didn’t get the money. What is the average taxpayer to do when the government threatens to shut
down a brand new police station? The taxpayers had no choice but to pass the levy. Right after the levy was passed, raises were given out. The county increased the sales tax and shortly afterwards raises
were given out. The health department and the schools followed with increasing their revenue by way of operating levies, which entails wages and benefits.
Sandusky has not received any increase in revenue, but it continues to give out raises just the same. It leaves the taxpayer wondering what just happened when the city was pleading poor one minute and
the next minute they are handing out raises. The city claims it balanced the budget, but it cheated by borrowing $200,000 from the general fund in order to balance out.
Raises will always be available even though the city cannot afford it. It is always at the end of the year that the city realizes they over spent and they can’t meet the budget, so the elected officers start to
complain, once again, that the city needs more money or they will have to cut services. The same thing happens when collective bargaining comes around. It is difficult for the taxpayer to tell if the entity is
really in need of money, or it is just playing games with the taxpayer by sending them mixed signals.
The city is miraculously pulling money from other accounts when over spending. The raise money that went to pay for the non-union employees’ raises came mostly from the general fund and the water and
sewer funds. How can the city anticipate withdrawal of raises from the sewer and water fund when the employees have yet to bill their time to sewer and water funds for the projects they are working on?
Note: I apologize for the error I made in my last blog where I inadvertently referred to station No. 7 as station No. 3. In my past blogs, I have referenced station No. 7 correctly.