Retired city firefighter Andy Fardy claims in a commentary the City Council vote a year ago seeking union concessions was done under false pretenses.
I read where the city administration has not received the givebacks they sought from many of the unions. The city sold the unions a bill of goods the givebacks were necessary to balance the budget. There were unions that rolled over without a whimper and gave the mayor what he wanted; just to name two, LIUNA and the Fire Department.
Well it’s time to close the books on the last budget year and still no givebacks. The city now states when it gets the givebacks the monetary savings will go into the rainy day fund for the new budget year.
I have to ask, where was the budget deficit that required these union givebacks? Where was the budget and appropriations committee when they called for these givebacks to save the taxpayers from a tax increase? It was all a fraud and a way to pick the union members’ pockets. This council is made up of the most outrageously stupid members who have ever been elected to office in this city.
They voted to take money from the lowest-paid employees under false pretenses and had no idea what they were doing. So now a low-paid clerk loses a week’s pay and that money goes into the rainy day fund. Robbery without a gun.
One more thing on the 20 recent graduates of the University of Stupid aka the council. The other night they voted to defer taxes so a private developer could build apartments on the 3000 block of Fairfield Ave. BTW these apartments are scheduled to rent for $2,200 per month. That, in and of itself, is baloney.
What stops other private developers who want to build apartments from requesting the same tax break? If the council votes no they just opened us up to more lawsuits. Does anyone on the council ever think of the long-term effects of their actions?