Matt Kline: A genius

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Sandusky city manager Matt Kline and finance director Ed Widman are on the brink of a breakthrough to solve the city's ever escalating fiscal crisis: They want to increase the income tax residents and people who work in the city pay by 50 percent. 
 
Wow. That's pure genius. Thanks for brainstorming this and getting at something that's never been tried before. And it makes such perfect sense to transfer the burden onto taxpayers. Yes. Pure genius. 
 
But, just for kicks, let's review some of the expenses the city refuses to make public or provide any detail for:
 
*City officials ignore resident complaints for years about corruption in the federal housing program that led to more than $1 million in costs for 47 homeowners, whose properties were damaged or destroyed in a scheme to ripoff the federal grant program operated by the city. Estimated total cost to city taxpayers, $2.5 million.
 
*Kline allegedly gropes police Chief Kim Nuesse in three separate incidents. Nuesse says she backed Kline down twice when he touched her inappropriately. Kline eventually denies the allegations but acknowledges he rubbed on Nuesse during the third alleged incident, which did not occur behind closed doors. Kline explains it was just a joke when he rubbed Nuesse's neck during a command meeting with her top lieutenants. Nuesse contends she sought a meeting with the city law director but was forced — after Kline suspended her — to file a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After an investigation, the EEOC approves a lawsuit against Kline and the city. Total estimated cost to taxpayers related to the EEOC lawsuit, $1.5 million. (But remember, the sky's the limit as the federal lawsuit moves forward.)
 
*Kline launches the Nuesse integrity probe just days or weeks after allegedly groping the police chief. Kline says he has concerns about Nuesse's "relationship with the truth." The city hires private investigators, two private law firms, and a handy retired judge at a total estimated cost of $1 million. 
 
*Kline hires a part-time assistant at a $90,000 per year salary to take over responsibilities traditionally handled by the city manager.
 
*Kline gives OK for police officers to work 12-hour schedules without providing a cost-benefit analysis. Estimated cost in lost productitvity and missed opportuniy, $500,000.
 
There, you have it. Just the tip of the iceberg, I fear, of what lies beneath the crud of secrecy in which the city operates.
 
So yes, the plan to raise the city income taxes residents and workers pay is a perfect solution to this fiscal problem nobody could have predicted or stopped from happening. Yes, it makes perfect sense. Kline and Widman, you guys are geniuses. Thanks for serving our happy community.

Comments

Darkhorse

If I didn't know any better, it looks as if the city delibrately ran the budget into the ground because of the union contract coming up and the money needed for development.  The warning signs were there far in advance. With two finance guys in the department and all those CPAs on the Finance Committee, how could all this happen?  The whole thing is a ploy to get the people to vote for the income tax so the city can waste more money on development and still continue to cut our services.  Hiring the $90,000 engineer didn't help the union negotiations  Bottom line is that the city needs money for development.  Is there a secret budget/agenda, you bet there is.  There will be more agendas being pushed through before the November elections just in case the three at the commission table are not re-elected in.  

Julie R.

The city officials ignore complaints for years about corruption in the federal housing program that led to $1 million in costs for 47 homeowners, whose properties were damaged or destroyed in a scheme to ripoff the federal grant program operated by the city.......estimated cost to taxpayers 2.5 million.  And the City does nothing.

yet........the City  then hires private investigators, two private law firms and Baxter's favorite retired rent-a-judge at a total estimated cost of $1 million for their own agenda in getting rid of a female Sandusky police chief.

Anybody that thinks this is just merely incompetence is delusional.

bill ney
Time to write a new "Declaration of Independence" for the city of Sandusky, Ohio.

 

And. Mr. Westerhold, if you would contact me (U know who I am) I would like to edit your "opinions: before published. Like, ending sentences with a preposition.    Cobb

bill ney
MR. WESTERHOLD,

 

CALL ME,

Darkhorse

Did you ever ask why the city isn't giving out any information about the expenses concerning the Nuesse hearing?  The public was told that the insurance is picking the expenses up so far, but the public has no way of verifying the information because the city will not hand over the information.  No one knows what has been picked up by the insurance and what hasn't been picked up.For the fact the city has been withholding public information on the expenses makes me wonder that could be the reason we are bleeding so much red ink.

dawnween

Once again, Matt Westerhold's opinions are so completely biased and distorted as to present almost no semblance of reality at all.  How predictable.  Cirigliano rules against Neusse and it is buried in a small article a couple of pages into the paper.  If he had ruled in her favor it would have been trumpeted from the top of the front page. Gee, wonder why nobody bothered to notify the Register that there had been a ruling in the case?   And naturally, anyone who agrees that she is dishonest, and incompetent must be the ones who are actually dishonest and incompetent. The Register has degenerated into a muckraking newspaper more closely related to the National Enquirer the the New York Times.  According to the Register, the judge and the prosecutor are no good and there is a hidden agenda. IN actuality, the hidden agenda belongs to Matt Westerhold and the Sandusky Register.  You are doing a complete disservice to the residents of the City of Sandusky, many of whom, swallow everything printed in the Register hook, line and sinker. Rather than give a good faith effort to present both sides of a story, the Register presents the side of the person whom they happen to like better, and smears everyone who disagrees.  Your interest lies in making Matt Kline and other individuals whom you happen to dislike personally look as bad as possible rather than doing the service entrusted to you by the people who read this paper, which is to honestly present a situation as accurately as possible.  0nthe one hand in today's paper alone, you are publishing comments on what a mistake it. was to fire the Haag's but then onthe opinion page, both the opinion by Westerhold, and the one by the editors, you are criticizing the management for not cutting personnel. So when you say personnel should be cut, you mean all but the ones that you happen to like. I would like to see the Register get a copy of the organizational chart of the City of Sandusky, and salary ranges for everyone and tell us all who exactly deserves to get the axe.  The fact that you really will have no understanding of the actual jobs that these people do, or how well they do them, should not hinder you at all.  After all, it never has before.

Exxcellent

The city claims it it so broke, how can it afford to buy property? There is a transaction in the paper for $125,000 today. I don't care if your defense is that it is necessary for the rebuilding of Loin's park. This is not the time to be buying property, IF you are so broke. I do not appreciate it, and will surely vote no on the pending tax increase. I will make sure that everyone I know is aware of this ridiculous spend and tax mentantality of this commission.

Exxcellent
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Don Quixote

For all the reporting Matt Westerhold has been doing on Kim Nuesse, why hasn't he reported on her job application in Texas!  I don't blame her for wanting to move on, but it is inconsistent with a candidate for City Commission.  If Craig Stahl applied for an out of town job, I bet that would be front page news.

Kind of convenient how I cannot post this information under the latest story!

Julie R.

For the life of me I can't understand why some of you people keep trying to blame Matt Westerhold and the SR for this stinking corrupt county!