Unsustainable Budgetary Situation

When do we make the tough economic decisions needed and stop hoping and praying things will just change?

Our City continues to fall tens of millions behind in obligations, repairs, maintenance etc. This has been growing larger and larger since the 2008 economic collapse and appears to be the new budgetary reality.

From today’s Daily Sun by Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Councilmember Jeff Oravits pointed out that the city wouldn’t be able to continue to afford the one-time $5 million salary increase and an additional $1 million salary increase each year in order to keep up with the market.

“This is unsustainable,” he said.

City Manager Kevin Burke agreed.

“It is unsustainable, but this isn’t sustainable either,” Burke said referring to the current salary situation. “We can’t get out of the incrementalism of the market. We need some new financial model to break out of this.”

In the coming weeks I will be recommending millions of dollars in cuts and reallocations.

Time to protect Flagstaff’s future with tough choices today.

Staff to Flagstaff City Council: Raise pay: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_8c9e8a24-92e5-11e3-b148-001a4bcf887a.html

3 thoughts on “Unsustainable Budgetary Situation

  1. My wife and I completely support your response, and thank you for it! We are both back to work after retirement; she works 30 hr/wk and I’m full time – all this to keep up with the continual rise of prices in every facet of living. So, we are buying less and working more. You are correct in pointing our local gov’t towards marching on the same road we private citizens must march.

  2. Excellent work Jeff. I will look forward to your recommendations. I hope you can keep this on the front burner and not allow council members to dodge the bullet any longer on many of the known wasteful expenditures and particularly the expenditures the city has no business being involved with. Thanks again for doing your best to bring sanity back to city hall. Rich

    J. Richard Hull

    Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:35:03 +0000 To: jrichard3@msn.com

  3. I don’t understand why it’s necessary for the city council to meet every week. You have to fill the time with something, and I bet most of the items that fill the council’s time are not necessary to run a 60,000+ population city. Many of the things that you pass in the council because you have to do something end up costing money (more employees, more benefits, more supplies, etc.). Why don’t you meet once a month and don’t waste your time with needless things.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s