Sandusky needs $3 million loan for street repairs

“We do not have additional revenue to support this capital project,” city manager Nicole Ard recently told commissioners. “Ordinarily, I would not suggest additional debt, but we need to do something.”
Andy Ouriel
Apr 1, 2013

Sandusky’s top administrator has proposed adding another $3 million in debt to pave the city’s rockiest roads, which are infuriating drivers and hindering economic development.

Sandusky’s debt already totals $67 million, and any more red ink could impact long-term finances.

During a recent budget session, Ard asked commissioners to consider either a no- or low-interest loan to resurface at least eight bumpy streets.

“They’re all in need of reconstruction,” Ard said.

The city’s tight $16 million budget cannot support $3 million in additional road projects. 

“We do not have additional revenue to support this capital project,” Ard said. “Ordinarily, I would not suggest additional debt, but we need to do something.”

The idea is merely a suggestion, and at least one commissioner is treating it as such.

“It’s still in the preliminary stage,” commissioner Wes Poole said. “I won’t give it more thought until it crystallizes more than something she thought about.”

Sandusky officials already outlined various road projects through 2015, including constructing the west-end overpass by Tiffin Avenue and Venice Road, bolstering the Camp Street underpass and resurfacing First Street from Cedar Point Drive to Meigs Street.

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Comments

OnlyfoolsAssume

Just an fyi over 50% of the city does not work. Also somewhere around 60% does not pay taxes. That's the problem right there government entitlements. Those of us who have a job have to make up for all the dead beats and their 8 kids

deertracker

Can you backup your comment with stats?

KnuckleDragger

Why should he, you never do. Do your own research, you sure seem to have enough time on your hands to do it. A fairly good indication is the fact that Sandusky schools report that 80% of their students receive free or reduced lunches. So either alot are underemployed or not employed. I agree that 50% is probably a bit on the high side.

DGMutley

If OnlyfoolsAssume doesn't want to support his "facts" then he has no argument. It's like knuckledragger--"The King of Entitlements"--who has always worked for the government, retired from the government, and now is double dipping on the government, living off the government--complaining about folks receiving entitlements calling for his services and belittling anyone getting entitlements. As recently appeared in a headline--Sheesh!
There are 12,718 over 16 in Sandusky's labor force of which 11,203 are working. (88%) --US Census

KnuckleDragger

Wrong again, I don't work for the government now, I work in healthcare in the private sector so sorry, no double dipping here. I did serve in the military for 21 yrs. I'm glad you cited statistics about the cities labor force. You did neglect to say what percentage of those were working were getting entitlements, hmmm? Besides my post was directed at deerturd, who rambles on about things, and claims he spouting out facts, yet never cites any evidence. He then expects everyone else to cite proof when they make a statement.

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your babies Daddy

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights) and Off-topic comments.

KnuckleDragger

Go away little man. If you are indeed a veteran, we now know why the VFW is having such a hard time recruiting younger veterans. Most of us don't want to be involved with a bunch mindless idiots, such as yourself. So, take your threats and cram them. After all, you just blew your chance to be a real man when you made threats to me without posting your real name.
Come on now, are you scared?

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your babies Daddy

so now you're calling Veterans of Foreign Wars idiots you are a traitor. anytime anyplace Osama Jr.

DGMutley

You are double dipping since you are drawing a check from the government for retirement and your pay as an emt relies substantially on government payouts. The hypocrisy that is annoying is you are quick to criticize those on Medicare and Medicaid but readily accept the funding.

I don’t understand the “yeah, but” about how many of those working in Sandusky are drawing some sort of entitlement. I would think that it would be hats off to the folks that are working and support for those looking for employment. i.e. SPARC, job programs, etc.

KnuckleDragger

First of all, double dipping by definition is retiring from a government job and then being rehired into another "government" job. I don't work for the government, and I am an administator, not a field EMT. I don't criticize those on Medicare, nor who are retired and collect SS. These people worked and paid into it and hence "earned" it, just as a government employee or military retiree earned their retirement. The criticism goes to those who are on and those who support, the welfare recipients who are gaming the system so they can stay retired from birth to death, and those who are also gaming the SS disability system by insisting there isn't a job they are capable of doing when many of them seem to have no problems doing things such as yard work, etc. To say these people don't exist, and that the fraud is not costing taxpayers billions of dollars, is at the very least disingenuous. Again, let me reiterate that medicare and social security are not something that I have ever had issue with.

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your babies Daddy

So now your happy Officer Dunn was murdered? Come on crotch stain get your life in order.

KnuckleDragger

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I can't believe you are even responding to any of these post your just a treat, you're my special treat Osama Jr.

DGMutley

KnuckleDragger,

You’re working for a quasi-government agency which depends upon the government for its existence.

It’s comforting to know that you have the uncanny ability to label people on sight and put them into your prejudicial slots. You need to quit with the name calling, the slurs, the stereotyping. It is not a fit for someone who is in an administrative capacity over emergency medical service.

OnlyfoolsAssume

And police officers start at 30 some thousand a year. 80k is because of all the OT opportunities the city doesn't pay for. Everything you listed is needed idk about at 100k plus but I pay their salary just like you and im fine with it

Pete

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

"As for the city's $20 license-plate fee, that generates about $430,000 dollars per year. Right now, that money goes toward a variety of things in the street department, including paying off the $300,000 Monroe Street Resurfacing Project from 2008, personnel costs and the cost of several retirements."

So.... almost half a million a year in taxes on license plates alone isn't enough? Shouldn't this be going to fixing streets instead of "personnel costs and retirements"? How much of the $433,000 then (2010) was needed to pay off a project form 2008? Didn't they collect the $20 in 2008?

And now they want to borrow $3,000,000 more?

DGMutley

Renters not paying property taxes? What kind of nonsense is that? Who do we suppose is paying the property taxes for the rental? The renter pays rent which pays for all the expenses on the property. Mercy. The renter is paying property taxes through the property owner just as all other property owners pay property taxes. And, btw, over 50 percent of properties in Sandusky are owner occupied.--US Census

Just Sayin IMHO

“It’s still in the preliminary stage,” commissioner Wes Poole said. “I won’t give it more thought until it crystallizes more than something she thought about.”

If our city people are just going to sit by and let someone ELSE fix the problem that is sitting right in front of them, then it seems to me that they are part of the problem, and not part of the solution. We are supposed to WORK TOGETHER, not walk over a mess and wait for someone else to clean it up.

Am I wrong?

pavedparadise

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Free Man

maybe nasa plumbrook can give the city money..I here plumbrook will help the city grow..well here you go

KURTje

OOOooo. A real tuffy. Airforce.

KnuckleDragger

A PJ at that, come back?

KURTje

Old Corps Hard Corps.

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