Well tonight’s budget workshop at the Canfield Casino was a subdued affair, missing the usual firebrands of the grand old DFC. No Val or Kim not a Benton or Goldberg in sight as a matter of fact, I didn’t see one sitting member of the Democratic Committee in attendance. I guess for all practical purposes they have become irrelevant to the city.
Most Commissioners but especially Commissioner of Public Works Anthony "Skip" Scirocco offered band-aid solutions for the cities economic black hole, with Scirocco wanting to tax everything from our dogs to the sky above our homes. Scirocco who lacks even the basic skills of budgeting, laid out ideas, all of which the adults of the Council politely pointed out were full of shit. He also never brought up his reported “half a million dollar surplus”This Video shows just some of the ideas from Commissioner of Public Works Anthony "Skip" Scirocco from new fees to reassessment in a down housing market, that would transfer more of the Tax burden from Commercial real estate to homeowners not to mention the half a million dollar cost. Remember you elected this Rocket scientist. WARNING watching Scirocco can be painful
In this video Scirocco shows he lacks any understanding of the cities sale tax formula with the county.
Commissioner of Accounts John P. Franck's assessment of the situation the city finds itself in is particularly grim. Seeing no improvement in the cities economic outlook for the foreseeable future, he called on the Cities unions to make sizable cutbacks or face severe layoffs. I would go a step future and warn them they might be witnessing their own extinction, if they don’t take a more reasonable approach in Contract negotiations.
Well the only bright spot was Mayor Johnson's announcement that the there might be a real saving, but not a reduction in the cities heath insurance rates. The public comments were for the most part intelligent and coherent. Former Commissioner of Public Works Tom McTygue’s comments about workers giving up one workday a month to save jobs was particularly well received by the crowd.
Gone were the uniformed police threatening the public with rape and pillage if a single city cop is laid off. Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth can be thanked for taking the fear mongering out of Public Safety's repertoire. Wirth has brought a level of respect back to Public Safety, something that was sorely needed after four years of Kim’s bombastic rhetoric and fiery press conferences.
I will tell the Commissioners that the Public is in no mood to be nicklered and dimed to death with new fees, fines and bullshit. Time to sharpen the knives for cuts, for as Commissioner of Accounts John P. Franck said, "the Pigeons have come home to roost."