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