By: Diane Benjamin
Union employees at Mitsubishi Motors accepted a pay cut years ago. Why can’t City employees? This link shows the salary and benefits for 2014: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8482 Comparable to the private sector? Since payroll is a LARGE part of City expenses, how badly do the current employees NOT want to be on the chopping block?
This is a link to what the Budget Task Force is considering so far: http://www.cityblm.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=8931
City Manager David Hales was on WJBC this week discussing the above. He claims $3.6 million is spent on park maintenance. Easy fix: Require parks located in subdivisions to do their own maintenance. Many have home owner associations and the parks are located there for the benefit of residents in the subdivision. I have lived in subdivisions where homeowners took turns mowing etc. It works.
Here’s another suggestion: Quit “Measuring performance and targeting results”. Part of the low employee morale is likely the bureaucracy they are forced to operate under. Employees shouldn’t be forced to complete forms listing how much time it took, how many seconds got shaved off a response, etc etc. Citizens judge performance, and the City is failing in many areas. Let the employees do their job, not fill out paperwork. Look at any of David Hales City Manager reports and you will see what I mean: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=8106
Another suggestion: Ask employees what is non-essential. Not management – employees. Let them respond directly to the budget task force anonymously, post the responses. Don’t just take them back to management – let the public see their responses.
Are the downtown bars going to be required to pay for their own security?
Is the Zoo required to break even?
Is the BCPA required to break even?
Specific cuts don’t need to be proposed – let the Zoo and BCPA figure out how to do it.
CUT David Hales Admin budget!
In 2010 – 597,570
In 2011 – 530,763
Proposed 2012 – $770,810
ADMIN proposed for 2017: $1,334,297 with maybe cuts of $187,512. (Page 4 of the Budget Task Force doc)
Coliseum? Funny how no one on the Council or the Budget Task Force is talking about concessions. One more time: John Butler WILL NOT provide reports showing gross concession sales by stand. He will NOT provide proof of accuracy for what is paid to the City in commissions. Another friend of government not held accountable!
I don’t see a ban on travel and businesses lunches either. A ban on consultants is also needed. If an issue is that complicated, don’t do it.