Let’s tell the story of last night’s Bay City Council meeting via twitter:
Chamber pushing community dump site @SLABBEDblog
— Dwayne Bremer (@bsldoubled) January 6, 2015
— Wesley Muller (@WesleyMullerSH) January 6, 2015
Breaking News: bay discusses dumpster gate for an hour and makes no decision smh @SLABBEDblog
— Dwayne Bremer (@bsldoubled) January 7, 2015
Meantime the lack of general fund claims dockets has not gone unnoticed as Poolman pointed out in comments here. For my part I was glad to see Tony Trapani take himself out of the dust-up:
@bsldoubled He had more hair back in ’77.
— Slabbed New Media (@SLABBEDblog) January 6, 2015
Just an idea but Old Town is a unique neighborhood though it is a relatively small part of the overall City but it seems to consume a disproportionate share of both City management time and scare city resources via the subsidies that go to that part of town. Cash flow is so short the City can’t produce a general funds claims docket and there is no real capital projects budget in the approved 2014-2015 FY budget, yet last night I heard the Mayor propose the exploration of the City buying a 30 yard trash compactor for Old Town merchants to use at the new community dump site, ostensibly purchased with money the City does not have.
True dat, the old town businesses claim they are paying the City a fee for the dumpster service they currently receive but if the cost of providing that service is more than the associated fees, such is a direct taxpayer subsidy. If the City goes into debt buying a trash compactor for private business to use, even if the businesses pay a fee, such implies at the minimum an indirect subsidy as using the City’s full faith and credit to make such a purchase confers a financial benefit all on its own. And none of this counts the interest charge on either a lease or purchase.
I bring all this up because maybe it is time a special taxing district be set up for Old Town, so that the level of City services consumed there can be both maintained at its current high level and paid for by the people that benefit from it. Maybe that way there would be some money for the folks in Ward 6 can get their ditches mowed once or twice a year. Maybe then perhaps the Bay could afford a new firetruck or two along with some new police cruisers, to name a few of the unmet needs that benefit every resident of the town instead of just one area.
The problem here is one of misplaced priorities when broke down fire fighting equipment is trumped by discussion of City furnished dumpsters for private businesses.