REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Time to man up at City Hall

We have to wonder, what part of "no" doesn't the Sandusky city government understand? Maybe that's too hars
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

We have to wonder, what part of "no" doesn't the Sandusky city government understand?

Maybe that's too harsh. What part of "we can't afford it" can't it understand?

How many school levies and income tax proposals have been shot down at the polls in the last year? Not only are people tired of paying taxes, they can't afford more taxes.

So if voters won't give their schools more money, the Sandusky City Commission certainly has to know what the answer will be to the latest question: Want to pay another half-percent income tax?

Here's the deal -- your residents will not pay schools systems more money, they certainly won't pay you more, until they believe you've really restructured your business. Face it, you haven't even tried.

Last fall, we all knew the city was in financial trouble, but Meigs Street pretended it would be OK. When the numbers came out early this year showing exactly how much we were in trouble, city commmissioners and City Manager Matt Kline pretended the budget could be finessed. That didn't work.

Now we know, beyond any doubt, we're in trouble. And the response from Meigs Street is: New tax? And commissioners hope that will fix the problem.

Do us all a favor, commissioners. Don't pretend to be shocked in November when Sandusky residents vote not just no, but HELL no. That's not an endorsement, it's a prediction. And don't say, "We tried." You didn't.

And no one will believe you tried until you put everything on the table: Close a fire station if need be, reopen union contracts, reduce safety forces and city staff -- especially staff, whether it wears a badge or not, that flies a desk rather than provides a service. Nothing should be sacred and everything should be under the microscope.

Do it. Do it now. Nothing will change until you man up and make the tough calls.