City will work with departments to find savings; Prediction comes from slow economy recovery, budget director
[Tim Hacker, Tribune]
[Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
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The City of Mesa has plenty of money according to Council Member Dave Richins. The City of Mesa playbook: The City Manager divides the budget into differing pots of money (earmarking it for this or that that allows them to hide it) and the council blesses this. Next you claim there is a budget shortfall with one of the pots to a project you don't support that doesn't give give you glory. This frees you to have money for your pet projects (corporate welfare for buddies that will contribute to your future offices and campaigns). All at the expense of basic city services. A classic bait and switch. Chris Brady is the master confidence man. Mesa needs to a new change and it starts with new city manager. Brady and his corrupt accounting has gotta go. These people were elected to provide city services, not bleed it dry for their benefit and to give corporate giveaways.
What a piece of fiction! This article blames budget shortfall on the high cost of employees and building parks and doesn't mention at all the $100 million Cubs stadium or the fact that the Riverview developer keeps all the city taxes paid there. It's hard to increase tax revenues when a major shopping area (with many relocated stores and restaurants) pockets them and calls it a "rebate". How can the city of Mesa "rebate" to a developer something that purchasers paid? Cut the corporate welfare and Mesa would be much better and services be reduced again.
Gotta go with Leon on this one... That Fiesta plan is a boondoggle of epic proportions.
Leon,For once, I can find no fault with anything you are saying.This sounds like a preemptive warning to employees to look out for more benefit cuts.
But....but...but....what about the $15 Million Dollars that Mayor Scott "AZ Governor/US Senator Wanna-Be" Smith wants to blow on the Fiesta Slum....oooops....I mean the Fiesta Mall Corridor.You know...reducing Southern Avenue to one lane from three lanes or whatever (Southern and Alma School Road is already one of the worst congested 5pm intersections in the City....but does our Mayor (or should we start calling him...Governor Smith or Senator Smith) listen to his own Transportation Division....obviously not.Oh, and don't forget the millions of dollars that Mayor Smith (we'll call him that for now.....[wink]) want to lavish on "beautifying" our Bus and Metro Line "Passenger Waiting Areas" with "urban artworks" to show Arizona, America and the World what a "progressive" (aka...spend tax dollars like drunken sailors whether Mesa has the money or not = millions of dollars in BONDS) metropolis....the City of Mesa is.
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