Ocean Shores 2013 Adopted Budget – Web
Note the cuts in the cover letter.
About Tom Scanlon
Tom Scanlon started his journalism career as a sports stringer with the Pittsburgh Press (RIP) and Post-Gazette, then moved on to the Seattle Times, Mesa Tribune etc. He is the author of plays including "The Superhumans" and novels including "Ocean Shores Tourist Killer," "Atlantis City," and, now, "The Immaculate Jagoffs of Pittsburgh."
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Mayor cuts surf rescue?A dozen years,two valuable lives,and one bad idea too late but better than nothing.According to the budget cover letter most of the good things to happen in the last several years can be credited to the current first year mayor.Talk about misrepresentation,we have a new winner!Does anyone,including the mayor,believe this stuff?
Liberal use of the “royal we” is noted for good things as is the previous councils responsibilities for ongoing problems. What I found worrisome is the Mayors use of the word “deactivate” indescribing the change of status for the surf rescue squad. My intuition says just wait til the EMS utility is passed, the wave riders will run again. The more things change the more they stay the same. We, need to sell the skidoo, the trailer, the wet suits and all other equipment.
The council passed a motion was to cut expenditures in the general fund by 2,5%, The mayor picked the cuts with no explanation or consultation with council whom citizens elected. Where did the cut of $10,000 for less gas come from. This was just picked out of the air with no measurements or numbers that represent anything. The city does not know or keep accounts as to how much gas each employee uses. If there is fat money like this in the budget why wasn’t it cut before the 2.5%. Was the city trying to rip its citizens off but not cutting the $10,000 so that now it can now claim this is part of a 2.5% cut? Can anyone even trust a city like this that does not even do any accurate accounting or measurements so as to know its gas usage in detail per employee. Things are only going get worse with no one to watchdog a city no one can trust.
Actually the motion was to cut 2.5% from all departments that feed off the general fund. It seems that something else was lost during the translation also.
Just out of curiosity request how much fuel, by department , the city uses every month , by month
for a year.
How many cars does the city own ? Why
Your last post was way way too intellllectual, simple and frank is the key, not complicated and
not only was the $10,00.00 pulled out of the air for fuel dont forget the $26,584.00 for city clerk, becausethe mayor already knew Foss was leaving and Reachel was replacing Her on Janury 4 th.
No one has asked how much it will cost in overtime, travel time, travel costs, materials and training classes over the next three years for her certification. We will have a city hall with an amateur mayor, a untrained city clerk, and a new finance director. Should be interesting.