Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Local mayors wail and gnash teeth about State budget

Over at Cleveland.com today several local mayors whine and moan about the evil Governor Kaisich's proposed budget.

To our dismay, Willoughby Mayor Dave Anderson showed his true colors yet again. Sigh.

"Willoughby Mayor Dave Anderson, also a republican, said local mayors can't afford to be philosophical when their job is to patch streets, fix sewers, and provide emergency services."

Boo hoo, Mayor Anderson.  Boo hoo.

Perhaps you and your greedy, inefficient cohorts should have thought about that years ago.

Case in point.

Mayor Waster over in Willougbhy Hills and its City Council fooled just enough citizens into believing a tax increase was needed.  This was accomplished by lying about the projected carry over in the City's Budget.  Mayor Waster, Councilman Scamich, and the rest claimed only a $28, 000 carry over.  Woops!  A better than $400, 000 carry over was recorded.  It gets better.  Mayor Waster appointed a committee and had them do a performance audit of the City, AFTER the tax increase, to see where money could be saved.

Just crazy.

Returning to Dave Anderson--take Dave Anderson's Road to Nowhere; the City of Willoughby spent $5 million on roads and utilities to a development that never materialized.  Anderson has kept a City owned Golf Course and Municipal Airport: all major drains on the City Budget.

It get's worse.

Willoughby City Council pays about $19, 500 per year for the health insurance of several City Council members.

Take Jeff Black.  Councilman Jeff Black is an attorney with a private practice.  Perhaps he could pay his own health insurance?  That's 1/3 of a cop's salary.

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