Attention pencil pushers, bean counters, accountants, couch potatoes plopping laptops in your laps: gaze at Mayor Joe Ganim’s proposed spending plan now in the hands of the City Council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee.
See budget here.
Ganim’s no-tax-increase $628 million budget includes a number of revenue assumptions from the state, not unusual considering the state budget does not wrap up until after the municipal plan is in place.
How the pie is carved up.
Do Jane Q. Voters parse this stuff? Of course not considering they want things simplified: did you raise my taxes? Is my garbage picked up? Parks and libraries open? Police response when I make a call? Is my kid safe in schools? Remind me of new amenities: restaurants, new businesses, things useful. And, please, fix the friggin’ potholes ‘cuz one just gobbled up my smart car.
But, but, but this being an election year, Ganim opponents will certainly, as they should, drive a wedge into some aspect of this plan be it education, public safety, debt burden, no funds to rescue pigeons from hungry falcons atop the M&T Bank building.
Yes, I’ve witnessed the leftover bones.