City leaders waffle on budget

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

City commissioner Pervis Brown Jr. is the wild card on city commission, and ex-officio Mayor Craig Stahl needs to speak his truth about city finances. He knows how distressed the revenue is and commission is in the process of approving the 2009 budget by digging the hole in which it will bury its head.

And that won't be at the beach at Lions Park.

Commissioners Dave Waddington and Dan Kaman continue spoke out again at Monday's commission meeting as Stahl waffled and the balance of commission opted to base their budgetary decision on what they believe is in the best interests of their constituents — the unions.

Anyone who ever has talked with me about unions knows my intense, almost bizarre, as it were, affection and gratitude for all the good things in life the labor movement made possible. The United Auto Workers, the United Steelworkers and all the other labor organizations created life as we knew it for more than six decades.

That was then, and this is now. The unions will continue to lead and fight for workers, but the city's municipal unions representing city employees must understand that even the UAW, the most powerful union on the planet, took deep concessions a few years back and continues to work with management in an effort to save the industry.

The city's union leaders, and government union teams across the region must realize the city, and local government are fighting for survival and the path ahead does not include new taxes. It also should not include any pay raises.

The blood of the labor movement flows through commissioners Julie Farrar, Brett Fuqua and Bob Warner. That's a good thing, but all three must stop the blind, knee-jerk reaction to this crisis by thinking up new ways to tax residents and businesses. End the madness. Waddington said it very clearly at Monday's city commission meeting.

"I will not support any new taxes," the big guy said.

Thank you Dave, and Dan, who called for serious review of city operations toward the goal of better service and improvedefficiencies. Toward the cuts that will inevitably be needed.

When they declared their intention -- to effectively spend down the city's reserve fund by $1 million without any plan to cut expenses (about one-third of the total) -- Farrar, Fuqua and Warner appeared to land firmly on a new tax solution. Stahl just waffled.

But the affable mayor knows the crisis stage the city faces, and it's time he acknowledges the dead-on correct course Waddington and Kaman pledged on city finances.

Julie, Brett and Bob will go down in flames protecting the bureaucracy at the expense of all else. Fuqua even suggested cutting back services but not employees.

Do less with more, and make sure to hit taxpayers up for more money.

Give us a break.

Comments

MontegoBay1

Ok Matt, enough is enough!!! You are such a little weasil. It is obvious that the three commissioners you oppose here are all anti-nuesse. The two commissioners who you continue to stroke, are all for her coming back. Dan Kaman could tell you that the sky is purple and you would believe him, all because he is on the Nuesse bandwagon. You are so transparent and sad and pathetic and I can not believe people pay you to write this crap. So save us all the time in reading what you have to say, we all get it, ANYTHING Kaman or Waddington say you agree with and ANYTHING Fuqua, Farrar or Craig Stahl say, u disagree with. That about right Matt??? LOL youre such a joke!

Crackhead

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reader

I was disappointed the commissioners didn't wait 2 weeks to clean up the G and C Foundry site. When the city solicitor cautioned them about going ahead with the cleanup before having the site declared a safety hazard and thereby improving the priority of the lien to recoup the cleanup expense, there was no logic in going ahead immediately.

I sympathize with the residents living near that eyesore, but the commissioners have a duty to safeguard the city treasury for all the citizens.

Why pay for legal advice if you're going to ignore it?

Why couldn't the cleanup wait 2 weeks?

Crackhead

hey matt--- where is that sanders column for me to comment on? that racist piece of trash. he wonders why there is such a divide among the colors in this country and yet his ilk continue to perpetuate it on aregular basis. he makes me sick. "the slave becomes the master" he is by far the biggest idiot i can think of. does he go to reverend wrights church?
people want to put that junk behind us. people want to live without color. the racism he always speaks of is behind most of us. and yet people like him continue to throw it in our faces. they continue to blame us just because we happen to be white.
i had nothing to do with any of this past he speaks constantly of. NOT MY FAULT. he looks as though he has done well for himself. how is that possible in a society supposedly geared to keep him down?
i am sick and tired of his kind of trash. pull his plug and people like him and eventually just maybe we can all be on color-- RED, WHITE, AND BLUE...

00SEVEN

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00SEVEN

What a profound short little paragraph.....

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by
legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931

This is the kind of nonsense that our great commander in chief wants to do. Why don't we all just quit our jobs and let ole bag of broccoli take care of us !!!

Crackhead

great job rufus. now you can get off of your soapbox. is it not a great country or what? now we are all equal. now you can stop playing the race card every time we turn around. "the slave has become the master" right rufus? i am always impressed with your rants. it appears to me that you have done pretty well for yourself over the years, huh? not too much holdin' old rufus down? it sure is easy to point the finger though, huh?
see it is people like you and the chosen few in your community that keep driving that wedge between all of us. see rufus, i am not a racist. that is the truth. i do not see color. i do not treat people the way you seem to claim we all do. you keep bringing it up and it keeps it all fresh in these young peoples minds. you act as though because of the color of your skin we all owe you for the hardships your ancestors suffered.
wrong answer. i had nothing to do with any of that. neither did my family. they were poor dirt farmers from germany and italy. they had no money and were treated as second rate citizens. even my grandfather could not get water to his property because his last name was not a popular one. you think you were the only people to see discrimination? please.
go read some of the idiocies that are being written about on the "three charged in sandusky home invasion" story. tell these uneducated thugs that the only way to a better life is to get an education like you did, and pull up your pants, get some good clothes and some manners, stop desecrating the english language and persue your dreams. stop looking to jay-z and puffy and the drug lords for your survival. for crying out loud a black man is president. i am sure he was not a thug or drug dealer.

i guess what it boils down to for me is the simple fact, you keep your race down by giving all these excuses why society has failed them. why they are entitled to all of the preferential treatment. what kind of environment does it create when someone gets a job based on the color of their skin and not whether they deserve it or not?

"the slave has become the master" right on brother. now the playing field is nice and level. you won't need to stand on your soapbox to see over me...

00SEVEN

Hey Matt, what happened to your newest blog ( WAKE UP AND SNORT THE COCAINE). Did you get your a$$ spanked by Baxter and the boys?