CCO COMMENTARY: It’s Time For City Council To Start Challenging The City Deficient Spending…

first_imgIt’s Time For City Council To Start Challenging The City Deficient Spending PracticesThe City Council budget hearings for 2019 is ready to begin sometime in the near future?  Over the years we enjoy watching the former Finance Chairman of City Council, Dan McGinn and City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr do a “balancing act” with past due to bills, advancement on future revenue and proposed tax increases they insist were “negligible”.We expect that in the upcoming 2019 budget hearings, that the majority of members of City Council will start challenging the city deficient spending practices and do a better job in questioning the continued waste and overspending habits of the Winnecke Administration.  Over the last couple of years, we have become more concerned about the City’s financial status with each passing month.During the last several years we suspected that the city finances were not in good shape. In fact, the former City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn acknowledged that the city finances were not in the best of shape.Some Evansville residents are already struggling to hold on to their homes, buy medications, pay ever-increasing utility bills, and put food on the table.  Young families are scraping to save money for a down payment on a home to put down roots in a city that presently doesn’t have an overabundance of good-paying jobs.We have been saying for several years that the  City of Evansville Employee Healthcare funding is in trouble and a day of reconcillation is near. We expect that the Mayor and his Controller, Russ Lloyd, Jr. will again tell members of City Council that Evansville is expected to have more revenue than in previous years so they shouldn’t worry about increasing City spending for 2019.This year you may even hear the majority of council members saying they must cut extraneous funding to offset a sharp increase in Employee Health insurance costs of city employees.  Like it or not the City’s Employee Healthcare costs will experience a sharp increase during the 2019 budget year. The City Council may be forced to increase the employees’ deductibles and out-of-pocket expense. We expect City Council members, Justin Elpers and G. John Hayden, CPA to lead the charge.It’s time that Council makes some tough choices in order to balance the budget, like laying some employees off, discontinue the city from subsidizing the ThunderBolts Hockey team, no pay increases for City Council members, and city employees together with department heads and the Mayor’s staff for 2019.  Council may even decide to delays the future expansion of new exhibits for the Zoo, eliminating the funding of “political pork barrel” projects, make major reduction to city grants given to area not-for-profits, make cuts to sports grants awards, the suspension of capital projects requested by department heads, put a freeze on hiring new employees for 2019, cut the proposed 2019 city budget by 2%. across the board and once for all address the Employee Healthcare funding problems head-on.The most important ingredient that we believe has been missing from past budget discussions is how to stretch the budget.  It’s time for the city administration and the City Council to adhere to the principle that requires transparency and a willingness to be innovative in order to promote local government efficiencies.We predict that all eyes will be on At-Large City Council member and Finance Chairmen  Jonathon Weaver to see if he is up to the task of convincing his fellow Council members its time to make hard and painful budgetary decisions concerning the 2019 City budget.   Somehow we believe that Mr. Weaver has the capacity to do just that. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Brook Food appoints new field sales manager

first_imgBrook Food has expanded its sales division with the appointment of Simon Lawton Hayes as field sales manager.The Taunton-based bakery equipment supplier said Lawton Hayes, having worked in the supermarket bakery market for 28 years, would bring a new approach and focus to its sales team, with a strong understanding of retail and developing end products for large-volume production.Lawton Hayes joins from CSM, where Brook said he demonstrated key skills in developing and supporting the opening of in-store supermarket bakeries, and in the role of bespoke technical training for bakery managers from the introduction of functional ingredients, dough making, baking, merchandising and display.last_img read more