Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Need for fire tax eliminated by savings from garage consolidation

Last week, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner announced that he was going to combine garage facilities and that the city would save $500,000 by doing so.

This was great news and very welcomed by residents, especially because these cost savings had not previously been identified in any of the proposals or ideas for addressing the city's budget deficit.

So here's my question. Since the city just came up with $500,000 in savings they didn't previously have, do we still need to impose fire department billing which they 'hoped' would generate $500,000????

According to Carty, his balanced budget contained $500,000 of new income from these fees, but did not include the garage consolidation. With the consolidation saving $500,000, there is obviously no need for new fees of $500,000.

Right???

4 comments:

Tim Higgins said...

Maggie,

It becomes increasingly apparent that the Mayor will not be happy unless and until he can find additional ways to tax the citizens of Toledo.

It likewise apparent that the $500,000 doesn't come close to what still appears to be another $15,000,000 in red ink for Toledo.

The party has only just begun

Hooda Thunkit said...

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, you should know that the "logic" rule also applies to blog posts you make too.

As Brian would say, yer outa here ;-)

(With that kind of setup, I couldn't resist.)

:-)

king czarty has a bigger hole to cover than this "piddling" %.5 Mil. could even make a decent start on, so anyone following should report to work with a broom and a shovel, because they're going to need it. . .

Maggie Thurber said...

Let me clarify...

I'm all for the city saving money in any way it can and for doing such consolidations and reorganizations.

And those things should be examined and implemented on a regular basis regardless of deficit.

I'm also under no illusion that the city administration will make the argument that both the savings and the increase are needed.

Perhaps it's just that no one pointed out the fact that, under tha mayor's plan for addressing the budget, both are not necessary and the savings offset the new fee/tax.

It is the lack of recognition of this point that so bothers me...and further demonstrates the complete ineptitude of our council, mayor and his administrators.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Maggie,

"It is the lack of recognition of this point that so bothers me...and further demonstrates the complete ineptitude of our council, mayor and his administrators."You're talking about the government here...

(Nice save!)

:-)

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