Almost 1 Million dollars. On 2 items.
That is only for the New Software [$438,411] we "needed" (although the old stuff worked fine and could have been used) and for office furniture [$447,930] for one Council Woman's office.
That is exactly 42% of what we are short this year.
This is 2 examples of the many throughout the past few years. City Council made the decisions and rests squarely on their shoulders!
Check our this quote from Tom gagne's column in the latest Ferndale Friends and check out his blog here: TGGagne.blogspot.com:
"In June 2007 council approved approximately $39,500 to repair a section of the screening wall around the Winthington parking lot. Five months later, DPW director Byron Photiades was back asking for another $30,755. When council asked why it was so expensive he said something about deteriorating caps, expanding rods and a park bench, but wrapped up by saying, “It may sound expensive, but it’s a really nice wall.”
It’s a really nice wall?
Just last June city council spent over $438,411 on new hardware and software to improve efficiencies. The very next month they spent another $447,930 on office furniture and carpeting one council woman (I won’t say which) thought was necessary to make city hall ADA-compliant (that cost was a relatively modest $21,500 – just 5% of the total).
But it’s really nice furniture."
I have heard people argue that we shouldn't look back....we should look forward, but I say to you: "Do not the actions of the past dictate likely future actions?" You must look at their record. They are not responsible with OUR money.
PLEASE VOTE NO ON THE HEADLEE OVERRIDE TAX INCREASE!