Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Last November, the Town Council reviewed commitments and obligations taken on during Mayor Dawn Rowe’s term at the dais of uncontrolled spending. Leaving a “Legacy of Debt,” it is now coming home to roost on the backs of the citizens as there are attempts to balance the town budget by cutting out the children’s swim program and the popular summer concert series. A tough fiscal conservative, Councilman Rowe was often the lone vote against increasing the costs to projects without any available funding or counting on the Department of Finance to pay for projects knowing those payments were denied three times before.
During the budget workshop session, there was no mention of the $199,000.00 General Funds spent to promote Measure U, the 1% General Fund sales tax for 30 years that was defeated at the polls or the 3 year contract awarded to the Town Manager increasing his pay package to $293,000.00.
Nor was there any mention of the $3.2 million dollar exposure to the General Fund for the Yucca Valley Low Income Housing scam. Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi seems set on using up reserves to set up Yucca Valley for a “Fiscal Crisis.” Nuaimi’s uncontrolled spending spree continues because there are no experienced councilmen on the dais with accounting background or a spine to rein him in.
In a recent comment on Cactus Thorns, Nuaimi said the Senior Housing funds are not the obligation of the Town’s General fund: “First, Nuaimi doesn’t obligate, Town Council actions entered into the DDA with NCRC. Second, it doesn’t show up in the budget because it’s not a General Fund obligation.”-Mark Nuaimi 02/16/2013 12:31pm
Here is the clause that Nuaimi slipped in to the unsuspecting and trusting newbie councilmen. Perhaps this was inserted in anticipation of of the dissolution of RDA low/mod housing funds:
“IF THE AGENCY HAS INSUFFICIENT FUNDS TO MAKE REMITTANCES REQUIRED UNDER THE REMITTANCE AGREEMENT, THEN THE TOWN IS STILL REQUIRED TO MAKE THE PAYMENTS FROM ANY LAWFULLY AVAILABLE FUNDS.”
The State Department of Finance has continually denied the $500,000.00 fronted to C.O.R.E. (NCRC) to seek prop 84 grant funding, which was unsuccessful. The Department of Finance also denied the $38,000 attorney fees spent on this Yucca Valley Senior Housing project.
Up next: Nuaimi to sue the State of California using THEIR funds to recover the denied obligation payments to the Senior Housing Project….just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse.
Yucca Valley cannot afford to keep this guy. Time to show him the door.
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