Posted by Anonymous as a comment, February 3rd,2014 at 11:27AM and promoted to be lead story by the editor.
“You should all check out the budget information slides the mayor presented to the council last week. One of the slides in particular showed the exploding costs of police and fire services in the city since 2004.
The slide doesn’t present actual numbers to go with the bar chart, which is deceptive in my opinion. But if you look closely, you see that police expenses have gone up roughly 50% while fire costs look to have gone up 100% — DOUBLE — in just 10 years. None of the other departments have as high exploding costs. Am I missing something here?
It’s interesting to note that actual figures ARE provided on other charts when they support the mayor’s positions — that he believes we’re being shortchanged by the state, to show how the stabilization funds have grown since he’s been in, etc.
Not at any moment in the mayor’s talk did he talk about cutting costs in the future. No slides calculate expected gains from belt-tightening — only growth in taxes, fees and revenues. None of the councilors even asked about any ideas the mayor might have for reducing costs.
It’s important to focus on this because I feel we are being continually prepped for more and more overrides, and ZERO cost-cutting. We should be looking to make cuts now that we can before we are forced in a position yet again to raise taxes to “rescue” the school budget .”