The City’s share of property taxes on the median priced home went up 6% this year. You can read about what you got for it here. Basically, the story says that what you got is increased wages and benefits for city employees.
What the story doesn’t say is that you’re also paying for the ballpark, the streetcar, the water parks, the Children’s Museum, the City’s Mexican American museum, and a whole slew of other bad decisions that the City Manager was able to convince City Council to buy into over the last few years.
It’s a poor CEO who can’t manage his Board of Directors, and the City Manager has been playing City Council like a two dollar fiddle.
Somebody needs to explain to our City Representatives that we can’t spend our way out of debt. That the quickest way to get out of this hole is to quit digging. Instead, we keep buying the latest most expensive digging equipment we can find, and dress it up as “high performing government”.
You know, high performance cars are expensive to run and costly to maintain, and a $6,000 used Chevy Citation will get you where you need to go just as surely as a $240,000 Lamborghini, and you can pack kids and luggage into a Citation. Does a Lamborghini even have a glove compartment?
You can extend that analogy to high performing government.
Lamborghinis are nice, but they’re not very practical.