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Friday, May 30, 2008

Calculated Stalling

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Please click on the link below to view Ordinance 12-08: "fixing the salary, compensation and rates of pay for various offices, boards, commissions and departments of the municipal government effective January 1, 2008..."

  • Prior to reading Ordinance 12-08, here is some commentary from Mayor Georgine Welo regarding the financial status of the City of South Euclid quoted directly from the "approved" city council minutes from March 24, 2008. The entire text of her comments are available on the city website:

"Welo thanked the staff and Finance Director Filippo for their hard work on the budget and working to reduce costs while maintaining services. Welo also thanked City Council and Finance Chair Diane Fistek for their constant support and scrutiny of budget. The City ended 2007 with an unencumbered balance of over $4 million and reported that expenses were under $1 million than budgeted due to the excellent job of watching the bottom line and many sacrifices made by staff.... "

  • REALLY....sacrifice in the form of pay raises?

"...Welo stated that the City is launching a marketing and advertising campaign and Real Estate Program managed by Director Benjamin to deal with the foreclosure issues and better promote South Euclid as a great place to live and work. “These are tough times, but South Euclid is shining at this time” stated Welo."

An excerpt from the South Euclid Update publication explains the reasons for the lack of road repairs to be made in 2008:

Please click on the link below to view Ordinance 07-08: "to make appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures of the City of South Euclid, State of Ohio, during the fiscal year ending December 31, 2008..."

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! God only knows what else they are hiding. Someone needs to hold them accountable.

Anonymous said...

I believe that the State of Ohio can provide a full audit that shows where each of the appropriated funds get allocated to individual line items.

On another topic - modest salary increases should be the least of your concerns. You should be concerned about the repayment of an $18 million bond!

SOUTH EUCLID OVERSIGHT said...

You are 100% correct. However, it doesn't stop at the $18 million bond. Don't forget the $1.8 million dollar bond that was used to finance the "Greenvale 9." There is another matter of money being borrowed as we speak for environmental clean-up and demolition of Cedar Center. It is nearly impossible to determine the amount of debt total being produced by the Cedar Center venture. When the final tally is in, it will be too late. People need to publicly question this. The local media needs to do some real research instead of merely taking dictation from those at City Hall. We encourage you to contact the local media and demand they uncover the truth. Please also feel free to contact South Euclid Oversight directly with any further comments or suggestions on how to promote a transparent operation of this administration. We value your participation, input, and most of all, your confidentiality.
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Anonymous said...

What about the sacrifice I make as a taxpayer?

Anonymous said...

Given the rising costs of gasoline and other expenses for the council, I believe that the raise is not unreasonable. It allows them to serve their constituents, without having them dig into their own pockets to serve the people. Overall, the raises are justifiable, but it is understandable to question them given the present economic climate.

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