Deer Park City City Council May 21st swearing in

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Bill

Houston, TX

#1 May 24, 2013
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For all to see, demand full transparency for your tax dollars. You are the shareholders and the City Council, City Manager/asssistant City Manager work for you, make them accountable. Demand a full detailed expense list of all travel for city officail / mayor / city council members / department officials ect., on line for a reasonable period of time similar to city minutes, you get the message. No travel if needed information / training etc. is available on line. Cut the waste, go to a zero based budget.

How about moving the city budget from a split year such as 2012-2013 to a calendar year? Many companies have done this.
Concerned Citizen

Houston, TX

#2 May 24, 2013
Bill wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =H0l3xLO6LyYXX&feature=you tu.be
For all to see, demand full transparency for your tax dollars. You are the shareholders and the City Council, City Manager/asssistant City Manager work for you, make them accountable. Demand a full detailed expense list of all travel for city officail / mayor / city council members / department officials ect., on line for a reasonable period of time similar to city minutes, you get the message. No travel if needed information / training etc. is available on line. Cut the waste, go to a zero based budget.
How about moving the city budget from a split year such as 2012-2013 to a calendar year? Many companies have done this.
Most companies do this, some great companies don't. I don't know why DP uses a split year, it doesn't really impact me. How does a calendar year budget help us?

Disney uses a budget calendar that coincides better with the tourism season, Staples uses a budget calendar that coincides with Back to School. I assume DP uses a calendar split that coincides with when property taxes are due.

Again, how does this save money?
Who is concerned

Houston, TX

#3 May 26, 2013
What?
Property taxes are due at the first of the year.
When do you pay yours?
dolla makes me holla

Baytown, TX

#4 May 27, 2013
Bill wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =H0l3xLO6LyYXX&feature=you tu.be
For all to see, demand full transparency for your tax dollars. You are the shareholders and the City Council, City Manager/asssistant City Manager work for you, make them accountable. Demand a full detailed expense list of all travel for city officail / mayor / city council members / department officials ect., on line for a reasonable period of time similar to city minutes, you get the message. No travel if needed information / training etc. is available on line. Cut the waste, go to a zero based budget.
How about moving the city budget from a split year such as 2012-2013 to a calendar year? Many companies have done this.
Deer Park is a government entity, not a company. The fiscal year coincides with almost every other American government entity that I know of. I think it would actually cost more money to have a calendar year budget because we would pay more overtime due to the holidays.
Ernest Bass

Houston, TX

#5 May 27, 2013
Why do we pay for spouses to travel with council member on these boondoggles ?
Ralph

Houston, TX

#6 May 27, 2013
dolla makes me holla wrote:
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Deer Park is a government entity, not a company. The fiscal year coincides with almost every other American government entity that I know of. I think it would actually cost more money to have a calendar year budget because we would pay more overtime due to the holidays.
How is that possible, paying more for overtime?
Reading

United States

#7 May 28, 2013
dolla makes me holla wrote:
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Deer Park is a government entity, not a company. The fiscal year coincides with almost every other American government entity that I know of. I think it would actually cost more money to have a calendar year budget because we would pay more overtime due to the holidays.
Clueless
dolla makes me holla

Baytown, TX

#8 May 28, 2013
Ralph wrote:
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How is that possible, paying more for overtime?
Most of the time spent on a budget occurs in the quarter prior to the end of the fiscal year. If the fiscal year matched the calendar year, the final quarter would fall between October and December, which has the most legal holidays. In my opinion, because there are fewer business days in that quarter, we would pay employees more in overtime to do the work required to prepare the budget.

I'm still waiting to hear how it could save money.
Who is concerned

Houston, TX

#9 Jun 7, 2013
dolla makes me holla wrote:
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Most of the time spent on a budget occurs in the quarter prior to the end of the fiscal year. If the fiscal year matched the calendar year, the final quarter would fall between October and December, which has the most legal holidays. In my opinion, because there are fewer business days in that quarter, we would pay employees more in overtime to do the work required to prepare the budget.
I'm still waiting to hear how it could save money.
This is the silliest thing I've heard. You aren't in accounting, I hope.

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