Don’t tell me what your priorities are. Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what your priorities are. Vice President Joe Biden
Some of the more popular blog posts were on the newly awarded firefighter contract back in September.
There were a lot of comments, questions, finger pointing, and misinterpretations. Based on today’s Delaware Country Times article, I have to go back and ask my original question - How is the city going to pay for this contract, especially the nearly $1.5 million in retroactive pay?
Comments on the earlier posts assumes the city has put 5 years of firefighter salary in the bank waiting for this day to come. (People really think that way?)
Which jobs or city services will suffer as a result of shifting $1.5 million from one pot to another? No one dared to answer that question. I guess they assume that if the city agrees to the contract, they’ll find the money somewhere.
So, that brings us to page 4 of today’s Daily Times which states that Chester City Council amended the 2012 budget to reflect the financial responsibilities brought by new contracts with the city’s police and fire departments.
Here are my new questions if anyone dares to address them this time:
- It’s November. Ain’t it kind of late to be amending the 2012 budget AGAIN? Isn’t it time to be looking at a first draft of the 2013 budget?
- How much money is left in the 2012 budget?
- What was amended? I’ll assume the firefighter salary budget line item was increased but what could be decreased by $1.5 million dollars this late in the year? Or, where will Chester obtain $1.5 million in new revenue in the next 8 weeks?
I don’t expect any answers to these questions. I just thought I’d ask for amusement purposes.
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