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#1 Jan 7, 2018
I just read the ADI article today on Ashland's big financial crisis that is looming. Looks like our posting on "New Year and New Ideas" hit it on the mark!

Talks of reduction by attrition, possible layoff's, crippling bus subsidy, pension's out of control and buoyed by self created overtime prior to retirement, and water money down the drain.

The Commissioner's don't "want" to raise fee's and taxes though.(as I grab for my wallet)

How do you trust people that. In the midst of all this financial apocalypse, hire a new Public Information Officer? Critical position we just had to have? They have proven themselves irresponsible time and time again.

All is well though because the hotel might open by next year and pour out money to the city coffer's. Oh yeah, forgot that those monies are going to a TIF project we don't need. And we "spent" tax dollars toward the hotel private investment.

Well, there is always Bouchard. If we can keep giving him our tax money to then buy our expensive land and building at a severely reduced cost (using our own money), the money will be plentiful in Ashland.

I have a real bad feeling that Facebook posting isn't enough to save us. I know they will "hate to do it" but "there will be no other choice" but to take more from the residents and "it will not be there fault because there is no other solution". and this was "unforeseeable and non-preventable".

Maybe the elusive PIO can write the press release.
Capable candidates needed

Ashland, KY

#2 Jan 7, 2018
Ashland Overseer wrote:
I just read the ADI article today on Ashland's big financial crisis that is looming. Looks like our posting on "New Year and New Ideas" hit it on the mark!

Talks of reduction by attrition, possible layoff's, crippling bus subsidy, pension's out of control and buoyed by self created overtime prior to retirement, and water money down the drain.

The Commissioner's don't "want" to raise fee's and taxes though.(as I grab for my wallet)

How do you trust people that. In the midst of all this financial apocalypse, hire a new Public Information Officer? Critical position we just had to have? They have proven themselves irresponsible time and time again.

All is well though because the hotel might open by next year and pour out money to the city coffer's. Oh yeah, forgot that those monies are going to a TIF project we don't need. And we "spent" tax dollars toward the hotel private investment.

Well, there is always Bouchard. If we can keep giving him our tax money to then buy our expensive land and building at a severely reduced cost (using our own money), the money will be plentiful in Ashland.

I have a real bad feeling that Facebook posting isn't enough to save us. I know they will "hate to do it" but "there will be no other choice" but to take more from the residents and "it will not be there fault because there is no other solution". and this was "unforeseeable and non-preventable".

Maybe the elusive PIO can write the press release.
If this doesn't scream,,help me I don't know what does... but given our current situation and political landscape I know why it is hard to get capable candidates to run. Sometimes popular just doesn't cut it, we need knowledgable skilled capable people to run...that has experience in making money, not spending OPM (Other People's Money). Our city doesn't have a revenue problem this city has a spending problem, since the last city commissionwe who dared expose the truth about the pension/O.T. problems didn't get re-elected will popularity win out and be our downfall ? Please get out and Vote, please consider putting your hat in the race it matters more than ever.
Government Mule

United States

#3 Jan 7, 2018
There is a looming financial disaster coming in the way of pension cost. Any commissioner who says wait and see about pension cost , is either lying or a complete fool. It'll be $2 million dollar cost to Ashland. Plus, we're spending $1 million a year in overtime to their favorite department which is the fire department.

After reading the article in the paper, I look on Facebook and see Matt Perkins is seeking suggestions on spending ideas in coming budget year. Right below his post seeking ways to spend money, is a bunch of boil water advisory because of all the water breaks. Who in the hell is he kidding? We can't afford what we have now.

Any talk of a hotel renovation bringing money to downtown is a farce. That's costing us taxpayers money. The hotel never made a profit anyway.

Then, spend $50,000 plus benefits for a PIO, which equals $70,000 to post on Facebook water breaks and tell us about the Chinese New Year, that it's the year of the dog or something.

We have a guy with brain cancer, one who's a fake coach and preacher, a former library assistant, and a Facebook boy who's a used furniture salesman running the city. All seemed worried about re-election and helping their donors rather than running the town. The filing deadline to run for city commissioner is late January. It's not too late for common sense people to run for office.

peeons and peasants

United States

#4 Jan 7, 2018
lets give our public servants ways to spend our money .that's what they keep saying they want but never use our COMMON SENSE answers !!!!first cut out all pensions for elected " public servants"...cut the giving away money to any charity and especially the" public servant" choices charity...no more traveling...no more free cars...just do an honest job .don't feather your own nest .go to the internet if you think you need to travel ...I,m sure your internet is better than the peeons and peasants .no need to travel .no take home cars take the bus .every one add your cost cutting ideas .
Pay as you go

Ashland, KY

#5 Jan 7, 2018
Live within your means Ashland! The statement above about Ashland not having a revenue problem but a spending problem is correct.

Quit trying to be something you are not and run a nice, decent small town. These recent bad investments and decisions by ignorant but well intentioned people will come back to haunt us for many, many years.

Stick to the basics of city government and get that right before risking our money on hotels, sport complexes, parking garages, etc. Create a plan for water provision that returns us to consistent reliable delivery of potable water. After that is accomplished, and paid for, you can dream bigger.

There aren't enough of us left to fund your mistakes (and egos).

NonPolitico

Ashland, KY

#6 Jan 7, 2018
The main thing about getting qualified people elected is to have qualified people run for the office, it is rather difficult to elect someone if their name is not on the ballot. If you are qualified or know of someone that is, by all means put your name on the ballot or talk to the person and have them put their name on it. It would be nice to have a broader spectrum of people to choose from for the 4 positions on the commission board, instead of having only 6 or 7 people to pick from as has been the circumstance the last couple of elections. Would also be nice to have more than just 2 people run for mayor, and the most important thing of all - people need to get out and vote, not just sit around to wait and see what they end up with and complain about it. Remember election time go vote, otherwise live with what you get.
Facebook Electorates

Ashland, KY

#7 Jan 7, 2018
Amen non-politico! The problem is a catch-22 scenario where anyone that wants to run for office shouldn't be elected. It is a flaw of the system that we can't get around.

And honestly, in Ashland, there are only a few that people will vote for based on their name or parents and the fact they were born here and never left.

We can't even scour the country for a city manager without narrowing it down to someone whose wife is from here and brother in law works for the city.

The few that are succeeding in Ashland (mostly city employees) don't want to change or clean things up.

How do you vote impartially on citizen matters when your husband is the one getting a raise or your mom is getting donated money to the charity that employees her. So many ties in a small town that affect all the commissioners.

The only recent challengers were those that are unelectable due to their extreme views.

It doesn't help that anyone with a real job can't take off work at the time they insist on holding meetings.

The problems in Ashland go WAY back but they were able to hide them because there was SO much money for a city our size. The problems become visible only now that the money has dried up.

Spending atrocities have been the norm for a long time. They have handed out money like candy to employees, charities, department heads, and special interests.

I don't know how to get capable people, that know how to govern, to run for a time waster like Ashland commissioner. The government should run like a business, not a charity. I wish we could find an austere, proven business person to run (and I am not talking persons whose family handed them a business).
peeons and peasants

United States

#8 Jan 8, 2018
I think any person who runs for any city office can win if they bring all the problems to a head !if they bring solutions up that make sense the people are crying out to them !I hope there are enough new people to fill every political position in city and co .how will we know who they are ??first they will make an ordinance to rid political pensions ! that will bring awareness to that money pit ! no travel, that will tell the cost of that money pit .no car or allowance ,that will bring up that cost of the money pit ,take a bus !no charity for the tax payer money paid charitys ,,,that's churches ,indivigual ,buisnesses free will giving !!! I only hope thhee things come true ! if the same old generatioaal politics goes on our little part of the world is gone !!!look how many good paying jobs ,companies havegone !probably the most good paying jobs are politics !!!I,d guess the politicans are sitting back and calling productive and decent people fools !!
Hammy

United States

#9 Jan 8, 2018
This commission came in with great fanfare, wearing their Build Ashland bracelets. Should be Spend Ashland. They have hired dozens, including an unnecessary PIO, with a fuzzy job description which seems to be updating FB. Money to lawyers to defend a Dept Head from FB slights. Money for a sign telling people not to give money to freezing homeless while handing $$$ To the biggest panhandlers of them all, Ashland non profits. Chipping in money for a lottery to make 29th st feel better while pouring money for overtime to make a three month street project only last 8 months.
And Matt pleading on FB for more ideas to spend money!!!
Fed Up Ashland SUCKS

United States

#10 Jan 8, 2018
Pay as you go wrote:
Live within your means Ashland! The statement above about Ashland not having a revenue problem but a spending problem is correct.

Quit trying to be something you are not and run a nice, decent small town. These recent bad investments and decisions by ignorant but well intentioned people will come back to haunt us for many, many years.

Stick to the basics of city government and get that right before risking our money on hotels, sport complexes, parking garages, etc. Create a plan for water provision that returns us to consistent reliable delivery of potable water. After that is accomplished, and paid for, you can dream bigger.

There aren't enough of us left to fund your mistakes (and egos).

I agree. And the whole reason they city wanted to put in the new hotel is for Brady industries to help bring in revenue and have the workers buy homes in Ashland. According to the reality company, they're all buying in Russel and Argillite.
peeons and peasants

United States

#11 Jan 8, 2018
they will buy a few houses in Ashland before they realize all the taxes and fees come due .the politicans probably hope they buy thiers .
Fed Up Ashland SUCKS

United States

#12 Jan 8, 2018
peeons and peasants wrote:
they will buy a few houses in Ashland before they realize all the taxes and fees come due .the politicans probably hope they buy thiers .
Yes, the taxes are OUTRAGEOUS. I've been trying to sell for years and nobody is buying, that means my family and I are stuck in this one horse town. I can't blame people for not moving here, there's nothing to do and the majority of neighbors are dopers. I'm sure it won't take long for Brady industries to wish they never located here. I'm sure they'll come to Ashland and won't come back! And I'm sick of officials sugar coating every d**n thing and wasting tax payer dollars on this 29th St laughing stock of a repair!
Rich

Ironton, OH

#13 Jan 8, 2018
Matt Perkins is useless. What good has he or any of the commissioners done?
peeons and peasants

United States

#15 Jan 12, 2018
I didn't see the adi piece on kes but it sounded like barak Hussein Obama and Hillary .and the adi wonders why much of this area doesn't respect or believe any thing they print !I haven't noticed any ""public servants"" bringing up any cost cutting only pulling their hair out over the shortfall of their pensions !!!
Huh

United States

#17 Jan 16, 2018
In todayís ADI, Matt Perkins says he voted to create more pensions for the legal Dept, then publicly questions his own vote. He likes to give away money but does not want to raise fees and taxes. He votes for house trash ordinance, but publicly argues with himself over is that enough time? What does he really want? Does anyone know?(Besides re-election)
QuietRiot

Ashland, KY

#19 Jan 16, 2018
Where is Silence Dogood? Maybe he/she could assist Team Overseer
Do your job or get out

United States

#21 Mar 4, 2018
So maybe the commission took a step forward asking all the begging non profits to give an accounting of how they spend the cityís donations. Now in the paper today the originator of the idea, Amanda Clark, takes an election year step backward by suggesting a citizen committee to review those reports and make recommendations. Are the commissioners illiterate? Itís their job to read the accounting, ascertain if money is well spent, and make the decision!!! They want to accept an unelected groupís recommendations to duck responsibility. Get off Facebook selfies and do your job
Donate Myself

Ashland, KY

#22 Mar 4, 2018
Maybe we should just fund basic functions of city government and do it well instead of giving out taxpayer money to non-profits?

Let the citizens personally contribute to those that they find viable and worthy.

Why do I want anyone in government deciding where to give my personal charitable contributions?

Let the citizens decide worthy causes for themselves, it is the way it was intended.
peons and peasants

United States

#23 Mar 7, 2018
good idea...the biblical definition is to voluntarialy give ..free will giving ....not stealing made legal by taking...taxing....fees .to be wasted on thing we don't want to give too.....maybe getting things done that are nessecary that was meant to pay for..
peons and peasants

United States

#24 Mar 7, 2018
do away with political pensions ...do away with their freebees..do away with charity with our moneys .....and since they want more revenue..tag cars with out of state license ...we pay a 13% insurance tax on our cars ...they dont mind taking that ..who knows maybe we will get a few drug suppliers in the deal .remember ...organized crime ....

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