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2012-13 Grosse Pointe Woods DRAFT Budget

2012-13 Grosse Pointe Woods DRAFT Budget

Attached is the proposed budget for Grosse Pointe Woods which has not yet been formally approved. While Grosse Pointe Woods has the technology to post the unapproved budget on-line, they are only required by law to notify residents where they can view the budget which is at city hall during business hours.  Two of our residents took their own time to scan major portions of the budget so that residents would have the opportunity to review it at their leisure and make comments in advance of the public hearing which is scheduled for May 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m in council chambers.


It should be apparent that there are many cuts that can yet be made before voters are asked to approve a tax increase by way of a Headlee override which will only ensure business as usual.

By way of example, should  city employees  have  memberships in professional organizations and travel accounts when the budget is tight?  We don’t agree with the extravagant “parties” and believe they should be eliminated.  Should the City Attorney should  be receiving health care benefits as an independent contractor? 

 

IF YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED  SPECIFIC SPENDING CUTS, PLEASE SEND US AN E-MAIL TO NOBLANKCHECK@GMAIL.COM OR REPLY TO THIS POST. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BE HEARD.

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Gloria May 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship. -- Benjamin Franklin Thanks for your support Jim. I find it interesting that the budget is now online. However, only the summary with no detail backup. We need ALL the information available online so residents and view when they have time and NOT be forced to go to the city to review the full budget.
Lisa Pinkos Howle May 18, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Council was pressured to put something up on the website so they selectively posted only certain documents.
Joseph Sucher May 18, 2012 at 02:10 PM
What I noticed on the City's proposed budget is that the only detail provided relates to Water/Sewer and Major Road expenditures. While I'm pleased the City has moved from "unlikely" (to happen) to "no" (it won't happen) to "yes" but only a little bit. I'm curious as to why the decision to not post City Hall related detail was made. For example there is nothing showing the line items making up the City Council budget, the Clerks budget, the City Attorney's budget, etc. An oversight? Limitations of the hardware/software, server capacity? For the entire proposed budget, open the PDF links above.
Lisa Pinkos Howle May 18, 2012 at 02:13 PM
May 21st at 7:30 pm in the Courtroom at City Hall! This is our chance to suggest cuts to the Council BEFORE they pass the budget and BEFORE they increase our taxes. Please encourage your neighbors to attend. We will get nothing done if there are only a few of us. We will also be filming so you can be heard by others. PLEASE ATTEND.
David Hensley May 21, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I will not be able to attend because of the GPN awards night tonight and work. Please make sure to mention more people would have been there but some had this awards night that prevented them from coming to argue against.

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