Yucca Valley, Ca.- Town Manager Mark Nuaimi recently secured his 3-year contract with an inexperienced Town Council to increase his pay package to $293,000,which was not widely accepted by the public. link
Nuaimi is now rolling out the first peek of the town budget for 2012-2013.
The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a budget workshop “Study Session” this Tuesday February 19, 2013 at the Community Center at 5pm. Agenda
The regular Town Council meeting starts at 6pm. Agenda
Nuaimi’s out of control spending under the leadership of past Mayor Rowe is now coming home to roost on the backs of the citizens. Having spent over $199,000.00 on Measure U, $50,500.00 to impound two dogs, over budget on the dog park and animal shelter projects, Nuaimi is tossing out a base budget deficit of $388,000.00….PLUS extras, “depending on the year and level of implementation.” Rowe’s Legacy of Debt
Nuaimi’s $700,000-$1 Million Deficit?
Those other items are $200,000 per year to support Brehm Youth Sports Park, $35,000 for Employee PERS increases, $100,000 Other Employee Benefits, and $300,000 Infrastructure Maintenance for a grand total of “$700,000-$1 million budget gap depending on year and level of implementation.” Baseline Budget Staff Report link
There is NO mention of the $3.1 million dollars that Nuaimi has obligated our town for the Senior Housing project awarded to his buddies from C.O.R.E. of Fontana.
A review of his proposals to close the gap of the deficit indicates Nuaimi plans to continues to gut the heart out of this community. Dividing friends and neighbors on the failed Measure U, he is once again proposing another tax while he burns through our tax dollars with his risk taking management style. The Dismantling of Yucca Valley.
Ending Veteran’s Day Parades, grabbing the CDBG charity funding to hire a pro-active Code Enforcement Officer, making the Planning Commissioners a political appointment, closing Town Hall on Fridays and the lunch hour was just the beginning.
Nuaimi is now proposing to pull the plug on the Concerts in the Park to save an estimated $22,000, while still paying $600 monthly car allowances each for Shane Stueckle and Jim Schooler both living in Yucca Valley. The Finance Department car allowance was increased from $4,500 to $9,000 per year who lives in Morongo Valley.
Two large glaring department increases are the Engineering Department which used to be outsourced as needed. Starting out at $124,550 and increasing to $258,845 when Nuaimi hired his friend as the in-house Engineer. Nuaimi originally proposed no financial impact to the budget when he requested this change to in-house. Add supplies and a vehicle to the Engineering Department bumps up the budget to $304,495, a 30% increase!
The second department to balloon is the Finance Department which started at $330,369 and will increase to $512,360 including the 100% increase in car allowance to $9,000 per year.
Item #2 is Nuaimi’s 30 year 3/4% Tax proposal to address the road backlog and to control any tax funding going to the HDWD trying to “mandate” road repairs in Phase One. His proposal is not set up to lower the assessments on the parcels. A suggestion to bond Measure I funds which run out in 2040 is tossed in with promises of RDA funds to be spent and hinting of new legislation requiring 55% voter approval vs, 2/3rds vote. Proposal for Road Funding: link
Item #3, Nuaimi swipes the CDBG, Community Block Grant Funds of $108,802, to pay for his pro-active Code Enforcement Officer, again. These funds were being saved by a PREVIOUS Town Council for a Splash Pad at the Community Center for Mothers and their toddlers. This action will be taken at the regular Town Council meeting at 6pm. These funds used to go to our charities that kept our most vulnerable citizens from falling in the cracks. CDBG Funding Alternative link
Item #4, Discontinue Aquatics program and Summer Concerts in the Park. link
Don’t expect to hear too much discussion from the inexperienced Town Council members at these meetings as the Town Manager has previously discussed these issues with them privately going over the agenda. That is Nuaimi’s management style….”Serial Meetings behind Closed Doors.” link
Please pray for Yucca Valley.
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