Council Passes Sham Budget
Concerned Citizen

Cleveland, OH

#1 Mar 22, 2013
Wednesday, East Cleveland City Council passed a nine month budget to appropriate funds for the remaining nine months of 2013. Despite attempts to acquire the budget information prior to the hastily called meeting, the Council Clerk would not produce the documentation. Futhermore, the budget was not shared or discussed in advanced with the Mayor or Finance Director. And in anti-Democratic fashion, the Council did not provide an opportunity for the public to engage in meaningful discussion of its budget.

The Fiscal Commission, appointed to advise the City in its efforts to recover from Fiscal Emergency, should send the Council back to the table to submit a proper budget.

Following the ten minute meeting, Council members rapidly left the room as constituents hurled questions in an attempt to gain some understanding. An even more interesting note, Councilors Martin and Thomas indicated they did not know whether they voted on a 9 month or 12 month budget.

Councilwoman Dr. Joy Jordan, candidate for Mayor, explained prior to the vote that the budget appropriations were in line with the certificae of estimated revenue. She further stated that the unappropriated surplus in the budget was necessary to create a "rainy day" fund.

Residents attending the meeting continued to voice their desire for a full service police department and restoration of funding for the MLK and Helen S. Brown centers. When compared to the temporary budget (annualized)the budget passed on Wednesday reduces the police budget further. In contrast, the Council passed legislation last week to increase their own appropriations approximately $80,000. These funds will be used for Attorney Pittman and Videographer Robinson. The Council continues its frivolous lawsuit against the Mayor and pays for substandard video services.

East Cleveland residents demand a City Council and a Mayor that work together to address the needs and concerns of residents and other constituents.

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