Preliminary Budget Online, In Case You're Interested
A GOOD SOLDIER...
Despite being disrespected by Jim Righeimer at the Study Session yesterday, Costa Mesa's Finance and Information Technology Director, Bobby Young, just keeps soldiering on.
PRELIMINARY BUDGET ONLINE
Today he and his staff posted two items of interest to those of you who actually follow the budget tribulations each year. Now available for viewing on the City web site is the 2012/2013 Preliminary Budget. This is the work product of literally thousands of staff hours in recent months and forms the cornerstone of all municipal activities for the twelve months beginning July 1, 2012. You can read it HERE.
BEVER CUT YOUNG SHORT
Also available is the presentation Young attempted to make to the City Council Tuesday. I say "attempted" because our part-time, part-time petulant, infantile mayor, Eric Bever, cut him off short because he just had to begin the Special City Council meeting that was posted for 7:00. Apparently our highly-paid labor negotiator had some kind of a conflict - probably had to catch a plane to some exotic place to spend our money! So, after CEO Tom Hatch used fifteen minutes to explain to the council that the Preliminary Budget WOULD NOT meet all their "wishes and dreams", Young was left with only fifteen minutes to present this very, very important document. Part of that time was used up by Righeimer in his rant to staff. You can view Young's presentation HERE.
THE "FIVE YEAR PLAN", ER, WISH LIST
And, just for some context, you will recall that Righeimer pulled numbers out of the air for the "5-year plan" and - as I told you at the time and a couple times since - is apparently now going to hold the staff's feet to the fire and expect them to turn water into wine. You can view that plan HERE. He wants EVERYTHING on that wish list in the budget, then he and his co-conspirators on the council will worry about balancing it. Of course, if Young does that it will mean a deficit in the area of $12 - $15 million. The ONLY place to find that kind of money is in salaries and benefits.
The council will next hear about the budget perhaps as early as the next council meeting on Tuesday, May 15th. More likely it will be presented at the special Study Session on Thursday, May 17th. It's going to be a bloodbath!