Excerpt from the local editorial in Tuesday's Register: At its March 25 meeting, the Sandusky city commission spent about 10 minutes reviewing the $16 million 2013 city budget. They pronounced it "balanced," approving it in a unanimous 7-0 vote.
The budget does not include payroll, however, for a city engineer, a city planner, an assistant police chief, a general services director, an IT director or pay raises in union contracts spelled out.
It's been 10 years since the city closed the Surf's Up wave action pool but the cement pond remains, filled at times with stagnant water. From the sky it can look like a giant un-flushed toilet along the city's beloved waterfront, with it's world class view, a testament to broken government.
That — and many other chronic problems the city faces — likely won't be addressed anytime soon without a staff, or a plan equal to the challenges.
But we're glad it's a balanced budget, don't get us wrong. Even the appearance of being responsible is better than not caring one way or the other.
A balanced budget is a balanced budget. Now let's keep it that way by reviewing the expense-revenue ratio monthly, and listening to the city's lawfully appointed and volunteer finance committee. Their dedicated and professional work on behalf of taxpayers should not be ignored by the city manager, or city commissioners.