Sorry not to have posted sooner. Real-life (work) has raised its head. I was late to the Council meeting on Monday. The meeting was posted for 7:00 PM but started at 6:30 PM. Oh well, I should have gone early. :<(
Let's take up a bit of bandwidth and look at a couple of things:
- We found the city was short $600 K on the Dallas Water Line project, not the General Fund. Nevertheless the new City Engineer got up and apologized for not being upfront with the Council until the meeting....taking a shot at the dearly departed ex-City Manager. I guess we really DID need the ticket "scam" didn't we? The interchange between the engineer and council really drove home why Mr. Pfiefer was terminated. There was apparently a serious lack of "upfront" communication between the City Manager, Staff and the Council. This lack of meaningful communication festered into a very unfortunate situation (ultimately) for Mr. Pfiefer.
- Todd Fuller (see I told you so...no...I don't want an ice cream) is going to get in there and figure out the "real status of the budget" and present it to council. It was indicated to that revenues are going to be down even more than Ken anticipated when he amended the budget. A question that may illustrate the obvious...did the City Manager knowingly mislead the Council about the status of the budget? If so, why? This type of stuff always comes out in the end. Can't hide M&O needs versus revenues. That's pretty black and white. Good Luck Mr. Fuller. I'd be very interested to be a "fly on your wall" while he's doing the digging. Perhaps the end result will be reality rather than smoke and mirrors.
I doubt we civilians will ever know however. We probably don't need to know right?
From where are the revenues going to come to balance this budget? Does the City have the fund balance to kick in and resolve the funding issue with the Dallas Water main project? I smell (pun intended) a Sewer and Water rate increase, perhaps a raise in local taxes, or a raise in licensing fees for City services and permits. Hopefully the rates for permits won't get hiked since we only had one (1) commercial permit all of last year according to a previous staff report to council. We just don't need anymore reasons not to build business in Red Oak.
- Ken Pfiefer's final severance pay is $55K. This was negotiated 12 years ago. Not bad...guess he can go to Disneyland now. :<) Wonder if that severance is covered by the Fund Balance too?