And the spending begins

Register
Nov 26, 2013

Entities need to be responsible for the revenues entrusted to them.

The schools and the government entities have passed their levies along with the county’s increase in  sales tax so now is the time to spend the money.  The first things on the entities’ agendas are to give raises out to the employees. Have the taxpayers been duped into believing there was a true need for additional money when raises are the first item of expenditure?

I think it will be difficult for the county to give up the additional sales tax increase, a year from now, since the county has already committed to the pay raises.  We will have to wait and see if the county will be able give up the extra revenue when the time expires.  The casino money is coming in, but there is no sign of the county sharing the money with the other entities.  

Perkins brags they built a new police station and administration building without debt, but it states that it cannot staff the police station because there wasn’t enough money left.  How do you build a new police station and turn around and tell the taxpayers that there is no money to staff it; so now, it will have to ask for a police levy? The taxpayers passed the levy without blinking an eye over the request.  All the entities have to do is tell the public it will eliminate or cut its police and fire and the levies will surely pass. With the new police levy passed, Perkins will be able to free up more general fund money since the police salaries will be coming from the levy fund.

Just recently, one newly elected city commissioner would like to look into making adjustments to the horticulture department.  The city needs to understand how it will cover the cut services without jeopardizing a whole lot of other things, which would cause a domino effect possibly spending more money to cover the lost services.

What impression is the city giving to the people who worked so hard and donated so much money to   the greenhouse only to jeopardize the operations with cuts? How does it make any sense to go after the greenhouse operations when at least $500,000 in grants has been used to remodel the operations?  It is difficult to look the donors in the eye and tell them that the city may dismantle a project that they had invested a great deal of money into.  

The next gracious donation was from Cedar Point for a $50,000 remodel of the Sandusky police station while talks are continually in the forefront of trying to relocate City Hall and the police station.  Are these donations and grants just a waste of money only to be abused by the city?  

Until next time, services are critical to the city. The city needs to think about the ramifications of its actions when cutting the budget through employees.  How about looking at the spending and the debt load instead?  Too many employees have already been cut to the point of jeopardizing the functioning of the city government as a whole.       

Comments

samiam

The Perkins Police Levy replaced the expiring General Fund Levy, but it was a higher millage than the expiring General Fund Levy. It can be used ONLY for police expenses. The General Fund Levy was not renewed. The money that it generated will not be available once it expires at the end of 2012. Less money will be in the general fund so the township really won't be able to "free up more general fund money."

The Bizness

Many of the raises local governments give to their employees are not guaranteed raises, also the 1.5% raises are just about equal to inflation so it really shouldn't be seen as a raise at all.

bnjjad

Exactly. Also Raises are used as a reinforcement of good work for employees. This is a tight time for everybody and all organizations, however some of these people have went without any kind of incentive to continue working for a while and even small raises help keep people motivated.

DGMutley

The Bizness,

Ditto.

bnjjad

As for the $50K donation for the police department. If and when City Hall moves it will be long enough that $50K will look like a nice short-term investement when it comes to upkeep and maintenance costs for the building and equipment that was provided by it to keep operations moving smoothly. They not only fixed the building but provided new computer equipment that was sorely needed. You cannot look at it like $50K was spent on the building. That equipment can either move with them or will be obsolete by the time the building is to be moved anyways.

T. A. Schwanger

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@bnjjad

Having toured the Police Station after CP donated $50,000, I can tell you many of the upgrades were of permanent nature.

Also getting lost in the equation several upgrades and improvements have been made to the City Building since the first go round of selling City Hall in 1990.

An elevator, a new City Commission Chamber, new air conditioning (taxpayers are still paying for), security locks on all office doors, OT improvements--the list goes on.

And oh, the minute a new City Hall opens downtown--the new equipment in that building will be obsolete.

bnjjad

You cannot expect a building to just go unrepaired or upgraded to meet the current needs while a new building is clearly still in limbo. If there are no solid plans for a new building yet, then they still need to maintain the current one up to spec for its workers and their needs.

If they were to have just left the building sit and rot while being used since 1990 when the first whispers about selling/moving came out could you imagine the facilities state?

I am neither for or against a move, but this needs to be decided one way or the other soon. If they need to continue upgrades/maintenance or look for a new location. This limbo strategy does not work and only hurts the people on the hook for the expenses (taxpayers) by causing double the investment.

Ultimately Cedar Point made that donation with the knowledge that City Hall might be moving and did it with the intention of thanking the workforce and wanting to help increase their productivity and effectiveness. It has not been a recent call to move/sell.

T. A. Schwanger

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@ bnjjad

Again, the City Commission voted decision to stay at the present location has been made three times--1975, 1991 and 2006 yet the $1 million, $2 million or $6 million (Sandusky Register dollar figures) in upgrades, including energy efficient windows, continues to be put on hold by a number of City Commissioners holding out hope the taxpayers of Sandusky can be convinced there is a need to relocate.

Judge O'Brien was ready to dig dirt for an addition to the current City Building expanding his court when along comes Commissioner Smith and his commission allies putting a hold on those plans in the name of City Building relocation.

I find it ironic Danbury is proposing nearly identical upgrades to their township hall at a cost of $250,000. Think maybe the figures for upgrades at our city building are inflated?

Go to the City's website and search City Hall for more information.

DGMutley

I find it ironic Danbury is proposing nearly identical upgrades to their township hall at a cost of $250,000. Think maybe the figures for upgrades at our city building are inflated? <<< T.A. Schwanger

I think maybe you're right. I think we need to shop around a little bit.

Curley

Why does Mrs. Johnson have her mouth open about Perkins. She lives in the city and she should be silent about the township. If she lived there then she could open her mouth but she doesn't so she should be silent.

pavedparadise

Hey Curley practice what you preach--remember these comments from you regarding Perkins?

Curley Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:26am

Look out voters they will try and sneek a new school through without going to the voters. The levy went down but they will find a way to build a new school. Gunner should live in Perkins not where he does.

Keep Focused

Regarding Perkins new facilities, Sharon's understanding of the facts is obvious. Sami provids some good understanding.

Also there is the loss of revenue from property devaluation that has to be brought into the discussion.

But what is really visable in Sharon's comments is that some people and I would say many people in our communities are critical of progress in our communities even when there is a reasonable plan to move forward.

It is impossible to use a "just stay where we are " concept and maintain a great community.

"What we have is good enough" is not a plan for the future. The future will demand more from those who have to consider future needs and keep our communities viable.

oldpirate

Totally agree with focused. There are those who for financial or other reasons would like to stand pat and do nothing to improve the quality of anything requiring tax dollars. This lack of vision will hurt all communities.

Nemesis

Or maybe, just maybe, they disagree on what constitutes improvement and how best to achieve it.

But noooo, it's far too easy to just assume that everyone who disagrees with you is simply out to destroy everything - they're the devil, Bobby Bouchee.