Life on a diet

Looking at the city’s financial reports for the first six months of fiscal year 2015 and at the revenue shortfalls that are occurring it is interesting to see how they are doing with spending.  We would hope that with revenues not meeting expectations management would cut expenses.

The police and fire departments are spending consistently with what was budgeted for them.

The office of management and budget has spent 24% of their full year allotment after these first six months.  At this rate they will spend only 48% of their budget by the end of the year.  You might think  that this department would be running on all cylinders instead of being strangled.

The city manager’s office has spent 76% of their annual budget.  At this rate they will be at 152% by the end of the year.

In the quality of life area we have the parks department at 40% so far for the year, public health at 41%, and our libraries at 44%.

Economic development is at 37.35%.

Some things never change.

We deserve better

Brutus

6 Responses to Life on a diet

  1. Haiduc says:

    Could be worse and be 19 Trillion Dollars in Debt!

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    • Reality Checker says:

      Just give Niland and company a little more time. They are working on it. They might get to the relative equivalent of 19 trillion yet.

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  2. Deputy Dawg says:

    Well, that is somewhat interesting, but anyone who works an organizational budget knows that there are contracts and continuing maintenance agreements that are paid at specific times of a year. Some of these budgets that are not fully paid may have those types of things built into them. For instance, there might be a reoccurring software contract that is due in May. It would not show up in the spent budget for the first half of the budget cycle.

    Just because it looks fishy does not always mean it is a fish.

    A better look would be unspent budget a month before eh fiscal year ends.

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    • epkamikazi says:

      Although they may be paid at certain specific times those funds should be accounted for as committed until they are obligated (paid) for budgeting purposes to delineate between funds balance and available funds.

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    • Reality Checker says:

      Cut costs? Just the opposite is happening. The city manager recently instituted a new wellness program with a multi-million dollars price tag that puts more money in the pockets of city employees. If the city manager is over-running his own budget, what kind of example is that setting for other departments.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Check out how much they are spending on the Lean Six Sigma Training and food for these trainings. And City Managers daily lunches! How nice for him.

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