Barrett 'very concerned' with small budget hike

The city's $34.5 million budget is only increasing 1.95 percent for the next fiscal year, but Mayor John Barrett III told the City Council Tuesday night that it has him "very concerned." "The budget is up less ... Full Story
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Thirty Four Million Plus

Keene, NH

#1 Jun 11, 2008
That is a lot of money to be spending
Lily

Albany, NY

#2 Jun 11, 2008
How come the City of North Adams does not a humane facility to house lost and stray dogs? And why is there no coverage for the vacationing Animal Patrol Officer as I know of someone desperately searching for their lost dog-I guess that is not in the budget, is it mayor? I agree, wow that is alot of money to run such a small city.
Luke

Albany, NY

#3 Jun 11, 2008
Why not get rid of some of that dead weight in City Hall?
Brian Miksic

Keene, NH

#4 Jun 11, 2008
What I find most strange is that there is apparently no one other than the Mayor that has anything to say about the budget.

So strange.

A tip for the reporters at The Transcript: Maybe once in a while... just once even, include some comments from City Counselors or concerned citizens. Some residents of North Adams might actually like to hear another perspective.
Sue

Albany, NY

#5 Jun 11, 2008
Brian Miksic wrote:
What I find most strange is that there is apparently no one other than the Mayor that has anything to say about the budget.
So strange.
A tip for the reporters at The Transcript: Maybe once in a while... just once even, include some comments from City Counselors or concerned citizens. Some residents of North Adams might actually like to hear another perspective.
Ditto, I agree with you!
chbpod

Monson, ME

#6 Jun 11, 2008
You will have an opportunity to hear Councilors' comments when the budget is reviewed by the Council Finance Committee. The Council just got the budget document at the meeting last night and no one had the opportunity to review it line by line. This will happen at the Finance Committee and again when the full Council votes on the appropriation. The Council's authroity over the budget only extends to making cuts. The Council cannot add money to accounts. Even at that-- the actual budget document that is voted on, is voted by departments and salaries and expenses. For example if a Councilor felt that a specific expenditure for example -a computer--was not needed and moved to deduct a certain amount from expenses or salaries of a particular department- the Mayor is under no obligation to honor that --the Council operates from two lines in the budget document-- salaries and expenses---the Council does not have "line item" veto power--and as I noted above-- the Council cannot shift money around or add to any account. Plan A Charter-strong Mayor. The Finance Committee review of the budget is a posted meeting where press and citizens can freely go. chbpod
Edison

Boston, MA

#7 Jun 11, 2008
A former Mayor once told me that the City Council has a uncanny way of questioning trivial items and never touching on the important and costly issues of a budget. He was right. Thanks J.B.
Zarbox

Jersey City, NJ

#8 Jun 11, 2008
chbpod wrote:
The Finance Committee review of the budget is a posted meeting where press and citizens can freely go. chbpod
...and get the stinkeye from Hizzoner and some of the grumpier council members for possibly questioning their impeccable judgment.
updown123

Rensselaer, NY

#9 Jun 11, 2008
Just got done watching a news segment on how people are stealing fuel from many different places. It is as big if not bigger as people stealing copper. When are the taxpayers of North Adams going to wake up and ask for an accountability to where our fuel goes?
Lets move the pump out front in the open. Not out back of city yard where no one can see it. Let the taxpayer who buys the fuel see where it is going.
Sue

Glens Falls, NY

#10 Jun 11, 2008
I think its time for a complete change-a new mayor and a brand new council, then and only then will this fine city turn around and perhaps become known a more "people friendly city". We need a mayor that will go out and meet the people and listen to their ideas, instead we have a mayor that confines himself within his office, much a king on this throne looking over his fair ciy. I don't know about the rest the truly great people of North Adams, but enough is enough. The right person to become our next mayor is out there somewhere, and come the next election he or she will succeed if they can campaign and capture our many, many younger voters; that is the key, the next generation.
resident

Wynantskill, NY

#11 Jun 11, 2008
Sue wrote:
I think its time for a complete change-a new mayor and a brand new council, then and only then will this fine city turn around and perhaps become known a more "people friendly city". We need a mayor that will go out and meet the people and listen to their ideas, instead we have a mayor that confines himself within his office, much a king on this throne looking over his fair ciy. I don't know about the rest the truly great people of North Adams, but enough is enough. The right person to become our next mayor is out there somewhere, and come the next election he or she will succeed if they can campaign and capture our many, many younger voters; that is the key, the next generation.
Isn't it funny how many people are expressing the same idea? Go future mayor, this city is ready and waiting for you! Sue don't give ideas until there is a right person. You know who may start doing reacting on the danger of leaving city hall.
chris tremblay

Troy, NY

#12 Jun 11, 2008
Sue wrote:
I think its time for a complete change-a new mayor and a brand new council, then and only then will this fine city turn around and perhaps become known a more "people friendly city". We need a mayor that will go out and meet the people and listen to their ideas, instead we have a mayor that confines himself within his office, much a king on this throne looking over his fair ciy. I don't know about the rest the truly great people of North Adams, but enough is enough. The right person to become our next mayor is out there somewhere, and come the next election he or she will succeed if they can campaign and capture our many, many younger voters; that is the key, the next generation.
easier said than done....it's a tough job and not something that will provide for a learning curve....the country and our area face some tough times ahead and the pendgulum has begun it's eastern swing...i predict that jb3 will sit for 1 more term and then he's done....do the math...no one anywhere, wether on the council, in the city, coming home to the city (except martha cokley and this corner office probably isn't on her short list), or coming from outside our city has the connections or the political power to hit the ground running....be careful what you wish for...
Sue

Glens Falls, NY

#13 Jun 11, 2008
resident wrote:
<quoted text>
Isn't it funny how many people are expressing the same idea? Go future mayor, this city is ready and waiting for you! Sue don't give ideas until there is a right person. You know who may start doing reacting on the danger of leaving city hall.
I respect and understand where you are coming from, sad that we must live in fear of this tyrant. The opportunity for this city is there, and I hope that one day that will all change and North Adams will become a happier place to live. I am not originally from this city, but I have grown to love the people here; I am from Williamstown but found North Adams more down to earth.
Sue

Glens Falls, NY

#14 Jun 11, 2008
Our next mayor should be both an artist and a businessman; as an artist he or she could paint a picture of what North Adams can be, and the business sense to know how make it come true.
Uncle Fester

Elliston, VA

#15 Jun 11, 2008
The people voted him in and if you don't like it move away or run for office.
Sue

Glens Falls, NY

#16 Jun 11, 2008
Uncle Fester wrote:
The people voted him in and if you don't like it move away or run for office.
I wasn't one of those brainwashed people,and if I could I would run for office.
watching you

Wynantskill, NY

#17 Jun 11, 2008
yeahh! years and years ago.You keep changing your names but you can't disguise yourself.
Uncle Fester wrote:
The people voted him in and if you don't like it move away or run for office.
Sue

Glens Falls, NY

#18 Jun 11, 2008
chris tremblay wrote:
<quoted text>
easier said than done....it's a tough job and not something that will provide for a learning curve....the country and our area face some tough times ahead and the pendgulum has begun it's eastern swing...i predict that jb3 will sit for 1 more term and then he's done....do the math...no one anywhere, wether on the council, in the city, coming home to the city (except martha cokley and this corner office probably isn't on her short list), or coming from outside our city has the connections or the political power to hit the ground running....be careful what you wish for...
Perhaps Martha Coakley would welcome a woman as our next mayor which in turn could generate many positive things for North Adams.
resident

Wynantskill, NY

#19 Jun 11, 2008
I agree is a tough job... for someone who is fully comited. I don't care if the next mayor is a native or foreigner, we just need someone with vision, who can see the city's potential and who is able to inspire people in the city. A true leader inspires and makes people interested to take part in the development of a community.
Fester, do I hear a dictator's tone in your statement? "My way or no way" You sound like our mayor.
Sue

Glens Falls, NY

#20 Jun 11, 2008
watching you wrote:
yeahh! years and years ago.You keep changing your names but you can't disguise yourself. <quoted text>
You haven't a clue who I am, and I must say you would be quite surprised if you really knew :)

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