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Watching From A Far

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Jun 16, 2014
 
As I watch the City Commission meeting on our budgets unfold I am thinking are these guys really that clueless ?

Our streets are a mess And they cut the budgets

Our water system is a mess and they cut the budget

I watch as some guy tries to tell them the need to run bear bones minimums as they sit there clueless and just let it all go by. Are they seriously thinking they can run general operations on a few dimes ? MacCalster is clueless, Sands has no clue on any of it, Ryan is just frustrated, Aska could careless and Landes is beyond frustrated with the penny pitching going on during the process

I am thinking not much will be getting done in JC next year as they cut it haha
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#2
Jun 16, 2014
 
Wouldn't know a oil change from a water valve let alone what one actually costs.

As I watched tonight the S. Washington repairs already costs what the City had budgeted in 2014, what makes them think they know any difference for 2015
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#3
Jun 16, 2014
 
Cell Phones Why would we even need them ? We have pen and paper and can just drive around the city and fix things we see. Wait aren't we in the 21st Century ? Oh I forgot we are in Junk City home of do nothing and doing nothing but blame the staff for the failures and not getting things fixed
Do not like it not live

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Jun 16, 2014
 
Watching From A Far wrote:
As I watch the City Commission meeting on our budgets unfold I am thinking are these guys really that clueless ?
Our streets are a mess And they cut the budgets
Our water system is a mess and they cut the budget
I watch as some guy tries to tell them the need to run bear bones minimums as they sit there clueless and just let it all go by. Are they seriously thinking they can run general operations on a few dimes ? MacCalster is clueless, Sands has no clue on any of it, Ryan is just frustrated, Aska could careless and Landes is beyond frustrated with the penny pitching going on during the process
I am thinking not much will be getting done in JC next year as they cut it haha
Here ! We are tired of wasteful spending And the City needs to cut the bottom line
Streets streets streets

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#5
Jun 16, 2014
 
How many times must we say it

Just get a handle on this and fix them

It is the number one priority in the City and the Assistant City Manager Beatty is nickel and dime the dollars for them And the City Commission is just letting it happen.

I did not see any new monies come the streets way, all I heard was a guy trying to explain the serious needs and computer programs etc. and the City Commission turn a blind eye.

What words do not you understand ? Fix the streets and get a handle on the mess in which you have.
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#6
Jun 16, 2014
 
Wonder how much they budgeted for water main breaks next year ? Without water for three days on S Washington must not of been enough lost revenue in which to make a difference. Junction City is falling a part
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#7
Jun 17, 2014
 
How much did it cost the businesses when the S Washington water break happened? What took so long for it to get repaired?
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Jun 17, 2014
 
The big thing on the budget that the commission knows, and assumes that the residents know as well is the debt service on the debt due to the overbuilding of JC. After they budget the debt service they have to move the budget to pay for everything the department heads want. I agree with most on here that they could be better informed and quit counting on the finance officer so much. The use it or lose it budgets should be taken from the departments and the make the department heads responsible for budget cuts (i.e. cell phones office items and such). This habit of coming in front of the commission with a big budget with a lot of items to "pad" their budget needs to stop. When the commission has to pass these type of department budgets, it does make them look clueless.
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#9
Jun 17, 2014
 
It is very clear the City Commission doesn't care regarding departmental operations. They don't want to here about fee increases or rate increases. But in order correct prior misfortunes of previous City Commissions it is necessary that They start to pay attention to what is going on in more detail within each department. There are very good and knowledgable staff heading up these departments.
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#10
Jun 17, 2014
 
The City Commission will do as they want They always have. Ms Beatty will likewise do as she wants as a few of the City Commissioners have bought into everything she does and says. Don't get me wrong she has done the City well during her tenure here, but she is a know it all And needs to know her place in the organization which is the CFO which is what she was hired to do. Taking credit for projects and programs that it is clear she has nothing to do with them And she needs to let them take place. Cutting budget items as noted in the budget process is not the way to responsibly develop operating budgets. Just to cut for the sake of cutting And not understanding as to why needs to be seriously looked at.
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Jun 17, 2014
 

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The big thing on the budget that the commission knows, and assumes that the residents know as well is the debt service on the debt due to the overbuilding of JC. After they budget the debt service they have to move the budget to pay for everything the department heads want. I agree with most on here that they could be better informed and quit counting on the finance officer so much. The use it or lose it budgets should be taken from the departments and the make the department heads responsible for budget cuts (i.e. cell phones office items and such). This habit of coming in front of the commission with a big budget with a lot of items to "pad" their budget needs to stop. When the commission has to pass these type of department budgets, it does make them look clueless.
However I watched a budget program last night where we talked about contractors monies for water main repairs and heard that with the S Washington water main break had used up the monies budgeted for 2014 and the plan was to budget only enough to complete just one of these repairs next year. Is this correct planning ? I am thinking it isn't "Padding Budgets" it is about having the correct monies on hand to do the job. I don't care whether staff buy an extra gas can or coffee for staff I want my water to be there when I want it. I would look for the City to budget correctly for these and other items.
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#12
Jun 17, 2014
 
Posts # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11 complements of the same nut job!
And why not me

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#13
Jun 18, 2014
 
Whata idiot wrote:
Posts # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11 complements of the same nut job!
at post 13 haha

Sounds like open comments and truth hurts. Keep it coming folks !!!!!!!
JC Football

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#14
Jun 18, 2014
 
Budget work session tonight = variety show tonight for the City Commission. It is another chance to watch how clueless our City Commission is on what is going on with the City.

Betting odds are the Municipal Court Building gets approved at $1.1 millions and our Streets will continue to get limited funding. Get a clue.
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#15
Jun 18, 2014
 
Has anyone watched the budget hearings this week and last. Again the City Commission is clueless. One listens to Ms Beatty lead us down on path in which she knows best. Was she the same administrator whom Gerry Vernon hired as CFO and was asked to resign from her last three administration positions in Kansas ?? Didn't she also live out her welcome in the same way at these communities.

Build a New Court House for $1.3 million - and let our infrustrature fall even further in disrepair.

It is very clear to me and I hope others she have limited large city experience in management. She might have some knowledge in financial areas very lacking on all other areas

Where are the new ideas for for additional revenues ? Savings in cutting a few thousand dollars from Education and Training on each budget, increasing the City Commission monies for their wasteful USAA trip and reducing general operations costs across the board.

Are we as a city really looking at our operational costs ? Are we really looking at what services costs ?

I heard a water main break cost for repairs is $15,000 for a private contractor to fix and the city budgeted $10,000 not the $30,000 staff requested. Is this even sound budgeting ?

Curious what others think ?
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Jun 18, 2014
 

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Cell Phones Why would we even need them ? We have pen and paper and can just drive around the city and fix things we see. Wait aren't we in the 21st Century ? Oh I forgot we are in Junk City home of do nothing and doing nothing but blame the staff for the failures and not getting things fixed
Why even have cell phones now ? Staff can't use them while driving and nor can anyone else
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Jun 18, 2014
 
Watching From A Far wrote:
As I watch the City Commission meeting on our budgets unfold I am thinking are these guys really that clueless ?
Our streets are a mess And they cut the budgets
Our water system is a mess and they cut the budget
I watch as some guy tries to tell them the need to run bear bones minimums as they sit there clueless and just let it all go by. Are they seriously thinking they can run general operations on a few dimes ? MacCalster is clueless, Sands has no clue on any of it, Ryan is just frustrated, Aska could careless and Landes is beyond frustrated with the penny pitching going on during the process
I am thinking not much will be getting done in JC next year as they cut it haha
Matter what you think or not ? The City Commission might not know But nor does the administration. Just watch the City Commission meetings and see how little some of them care. It is a good thing there is an election coming forward soon as two of them need to find something else in which to do
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#18
Jun 19, 2014
 
Matter what you think. They are being influenced by the vocal minority anyways. It is the way it has always been in JC and it is the way it will always be. Don't like it move or run for office Haha
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#19
Jun 19, 2014
 
So, is it McDonald's on 6th Street, or the Washington/I-70 location where all the Junction City Topix Trolls hang out?
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#20
Jun 19, 2014
 
The Professor wrote:
So, is it McDonald's on 6th Street, or the Washington/I-70 location where all the Junction City Topix Trolls hang out?
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