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OMG! Some questions about the City’s 2014-2015 budget

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Twentynine Palms – Tuesday evening the city approved the people’s 2014-2015 budget. The short-term fiscal outlook looks good, right? Its general fund revenue coming in are about $7 ¾ million and its expenditures going out are about $7 ¾. That’s a good thing, right?

The budget is balanced. But not so fast. The old axiom that figure lie and liars figure may or not be called into question, but don’t smell the roses yet.

Take a look at the big picture. The city’s annual reserves left over each year has traditionally generated from $7 hundred thousand to $1 million. Those annual reverse funds were the public’s safety net… reserves funds for a rainy day, catastrophic occurrences and foreseeable emergencies. They were held in a special Reserve city account. This council blocked that. This city council stole those funds for their own self-serving purposes.  

Those funds this time are absent. They do not exist thanks to the mismanagement and short-sighted afflictions of this of the council (some may call machinations).

Moreover, awhile back, this council saw to it that past and present funds shall no longer go into the city’s saintly reserve fund special account. The council needed it for goats, roll-out signs and for special project that they concocted with little or no value to residents that live here.

The council plundered this annual “spill-over” reserve funds. And they continue to look forward to frittering-away reserve funds.

There was a $400,000 fund for a dog park that was raided to balance the budget. That amount, too, is not going the reserve account for a rainy day sometime in the future.

Further, the council is geared-up to “allow cautious use of Fund Reserve.” Some of the uses for funds from the Reserve are a drag strip feasibility study and a lobbyist’s services, at $50,000 each. When you raid the city’s future, that is not “cautious.” There is nothing cautious about these people. 

Many folks favor a drag strip; some people are neutral on the project.  But common sense tells you that you don’t raid reserve funds for something you cannot at this time afford. This is taught in Accountant 101.

You don’t hear much about “the public” nowadays down there at city hall. The public has no 29 Palms public servants working for them. The city has a constructive machine boss called A. Patrick Munoz. As a whole, the council worships the ground he walks upon. And we have five muted goats that do not serve the public. They have an “new direction” in which to take the city. The door is closed to the the public to that dark room.   

Therefore, it is submitted that this council is desperate, delusional and dubious. The budget is a charade. The long-term fiscal health and well-being of the city is not bright.

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Branson Hunter

(This story was posted by Cactus Thorn contributor Branson Hunter)

"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.


  1. Forgot to add to this story, the city is short $7,000,000 to $1,000,000. They blew that on their out-of-control addicted to reckless and unnecessary spending. Remember the ARCH over the city Jay Corbin (maybe the next bonified city manager) wanted. This city council is passing on a huge fiscal problem to the public and future council members. Meantime, the city continues be in crisis with a fire department facing bankruptcy and unable to provide fire protection in a safe manner to residents and business owners.

    In a few other countries, they would be looking at dark, dank imprisonment.

  2. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    We know what a government entity’s budget is, be sure and spend all of it or we will have a hard time fleecing the taxpayers next cycle. The department mottos spend it or lose it is unacceptable and unsustainable

    Who is looking after your tax dollar, vote smart protect your value.

    • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

      The above post was not targeted at any particular department nor does it exclude any, it is S O P that is a result of the one size fits all (spend it all) when it comes to the uses of our tax dollars. There will never be sufficient tax dollars to spend when left to the bureaucrat

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