The county is beginning its budget meetings. Delaware County is looking at $8 million shortage, lay-off of 100 employees or at the very least three-hour reduction of work week or 8% cut in pay. According to Larry Riley’s column today, the county council submitted a budget which is higher than the 2011 budget.
As many of you know the county was unable to meet this year’s budget and 25 people were laid off from their jobs. I am trying to comprehend how the county council could submit a 2012 budget higher than 2011. Is it a shuffling of money? In other words, is the 2012 budget higher in order to cut and thereby giving the appearance the county has done due diligence to meet the $8 million dollar shortfall?
We all know it is common practice to submit a budget higher than needed, that way cuts can be made, the county can function like normal and everybody is happy. Times are different.
During the spring budget meetings this year, the county borrowed from the rainy day fund. Most understood the fund would never be paid back. It would be impossible considering the current financial climate. Today’s articles confirmed it. We do need cuts, and there are plenty of things that should have never been done. Additional hiring, $7 million dollar bond, forgiving a loan and receiving land as payment, changing lawyers and losing nearly a million dollars in taxes because of it, a county broke in 2009 and so on and so forth.
Every warning signs were ignored, poo-pooed as just citizens making a stink about elected officials. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The simple fact is, who we have in office is a detriment and it can’t be any clearer in light of the financial mess.
When I think about how our city council is a mirror image of the county officials, I can’t help but feel a tinge of uneasiness with the November election. The very thought we would vote in the same people again and place Dennis Tyler as head of the city is extremely unnerving. And it should be.
When members of our city council tried diligently to shuffle animal control to a county that was flat broke and lacked any real experience. Giving away every asset paid for by city tax dollars, you and me, and give up any control the city would have in running the shelter, is amazing. The city council paid no attention to the county’s finances or even considered how the county could afford the additional cost of animal control. And they didn’t care.
This is nothing but dereliction of duties on the part of city council. When a woman from Albany, Indiana stood before the council imploring them to take the county deal, and many of the city council members listened to her, while the people who vote, live and pay for this service were ignored and treated as if their involvement and concern for their city was nothing more than excrement to be scraped from the shoe. We knew we have no representation on city council.
Now, the simple fact is this, city council never looked any further than the immediate. It’s a good thing the Mayor of Muncie, Sharon McShurley vetoed this proposal or we would see our selves without any form of animal control at all. Gregory, Polk and Conatser , city council members, saw the future and changed their votes.
I can’t stress this enough. We can’t just look at the immediate without considering the future.
I implore all city voters to consider our future and vote with this in mind.
I don’t support Alison Quirk, Mary Jo Barton, Jerry Dishman, or Nora Powell. Mark my words, having these people along with Dennis Tyler as mayor will see us in the same boat as the county. If this is what you want, then this is what you will get.
But, if you have a strong desire to see our city move forward, then you will replace every single person that has hampered our progress and created nothing but drama for our city. It’s your choice, vote informed.