Okay folks, this summer the city will be in the red for the first time in city history.
We have seen this coming for a few years.
Twentynine Palms City Council Members have been spending taxpayer’s assets like wealthy tycoons. As a proximate cause, the city will be in the red within a few months. And the nearly one million in surplus funds the city normally has left over will be replaced with red ink.
“In my 20 years, I don’t remember a negative fund balance,“ Finance Director Ron Peck told the council.
Why? Because the council has failed to act as a reasonable, prudent, body of elected officials. They have squandered funds foolishly on projects having no real priority or value as a whole to the community.
Then there is the one million in legal fees earned by Patrick Munoz with nothing to show for it. The Attorney General was outraged and alleged Munoz was conducting city business in an illegal manner with “unclean hands”.
Where is Harris’ oversight on this? He voted to give Munoz a good Performance Evaluation.
Just where is the Staff leadership? And where is the fiscal leadership on the city council? If you find it would you have them send a message back to Earth.
Frankly, there has been poor staff and council leadership. But as long as the Capital Projects Fund, Discretionary Funds or General Funds were flowing for non-priority special council projects — and they were — that was all that mattered.
“Show me the money!”
During the February 25 Council Meeting, Harris advocates that a $400 thousand dog park is a city “need”. The city has never had a dog park; it can’t be that much of a “need”.
Council Member Harris is out of touch with the rest of the world. And he is delusional to believe there is a need at this time to blow $400,000, plus another couple of hundred of thousand in unstated costs, on a dog park.
Rather than be a trustee of taxpayer’s assets, Harris is part of the local good ol’ boys network and pet projects team that has driven the city into the red.
Harris and his cohorts refuse to help fund the fire department. A dog park is more important than public safety.
Now Harris expects to jam a $400,000 dog park down the pie hole of voters when the city soon will be swimming in red ink?
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