City Council gets Gleaned

City Council gets Gleaned

Posted in the Rome Forum

Budgetwatch

Dover, DE

#1 Jul 2, 2013
http://romesentinel.com/news...

So....because they did a good job for $20,000 of my tax dollars....now we have to give them $48,000 to continue to do the same thing....even though their membership AND revenue streams have increased???

I am not clear on why my taxes have to fund a private, not-for-profit that is doing something they chose to do. I don't pay taxes to support the YMCA or the YWCA or the Rome Mission and they all do great things to support the city. Why does the Council get to decide this private organization is so deserving of my hard earned tax dollars???? If I choose to donate to a cause, I will do it on my own!!!

Remeber folks, not-for-profit does not mean not-for-salary!!
#feeling suckered
when we see

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Jul 2, 2013
when we see our government officials including cops in those baskets, we are cleaning up the city
wow

Dover, DE

#3 Jul 3, 2013
did the city NEED new collection cans for the parks? do our parks crews, already cut to the minimum, have time to take care of the collection from these new cans?
requests to replace dilapitated and aged equipment and for our city is met with resistance and a demand for a full financial review and analysis....but this not-for-profit gets support for more than twice the money with no question from the council?
the dpw starts enforcing trash collection rules ALREADY ON THE BOOKS and gets nothing but complaints and no support from the council...but we are willing to pay this group a salary to do the same thing our guys are already trying to do?
we can't afford to hire anyone at an annual salary of $48k right now. I still don't understand why we paid them $20k in the first place!
get this one right, Fusco, no more taxpayer money to non-profits....i cant afford to see my taxes go up any more!

Since: Jan 08

Rome

#4 Jul 3, 2013
The city of Rome funds 3 cultural non-profit (charitable) organizations that provide quality-of-life services.
- Rome Historical Society
- Rome Art and Community Center
- Capitol Theater

The 3 organizations receive ~$120k per year combined. That represents a portion of their operating expenses, the rest made up through private contributions and fundraising events. Include the Jervis Library (~$500K per year) and you have approximately 1% of the total city budget goes to education and cultural quality of life organizations. Yes, it's a lot of money, but that money makes Rome a better place to live.

My personal opinion is that we get a lot of bang for the buck.

Clean and Green is a different sort of beast. I'm interested in learning more about how it is more efficient to fund them than it would be to use city employees to accomplish the goals for recycling.
Really

Saranac Lake, NY

#5 Jul 3, 2013
frankcor wrote:
The city of Rome funds 3 cultural non-profit (charitable) organizations that provide quality-of-life services.
- Rome Historical Society
- Rome Art and Community Center
- Capitol Theater
The 3 organizations receive ~$120k per year combined. That represents a portion of their operating expenses, the rest made up through private contributions and fundraising events. Include the Jervis Library (~$500K per year) and you have approximately 1% of the total city budget goes to education and cultural quality of life organizations. Yes, it's a lot of money, but that money makes Rome a better place to live.
My personal opinion is that we get a lot of bang for the buck.
Clean and Green is a different sort of beast. I'm interested in learning more about how it is more efficient to fund them than it would be to use city employees to accomplish the goals for recycling.
Frank don't try and make sense, you will give these people brain lock.
wow

Dover, DE

#6 Jul 3, 2013
Jervis Public Library, i consider a public service so I have less problem with tax dollars going to them. We support the County Public Library as well.
While I appreciate the value-added of the RHS, RACC and the Capitol, I have never been a fan of my tax dollars supporting them, though I am sympathetic to the need given our decrease in population and employment.
That said, our tax dollars already pay for a recycling program through the City and the County, why are we paying the salary of an outside organization to do the same thing? to raise awareness?? to apply for grants?? again....aren't these things we are already paying city employees to do?
Help me make sense of this, Frankcor!
saltynuts

Utica, NY

#7 Jul 3, 2013
get rid of city government

Since: Jan 08

Rome

#8 Jul 3, 2013
wow, thank you for disagreeing agreeably! It's a rare trait on Topix.

I ask myself the same questions about Clean and Green. Either make it a responsibility of a city department or turn it over to a non-profit organization.

The city doesn't run a museum or a theater at the same time they pay private orgs do it for them. It makes sense to do it for keeping the city clean, green and meeting recycling goals, too.
Seriously

Saranac Lake, NY

#9 Jul 3, 2013
frankcor wrote:
The city of Rome funds 3 cultural non-profit (charitable) organizations that provide quality-of-life services.
- Rome Historical Society
- Rome Art and Community Center
- Capitol Theater
The 3 organizations receive ~$120k per year combined. That represents a portion of their operating expenses, the rest made up through private contributions and fundraising events. Include the Jervis Library (~$500K per year) and you have approximately 1% of the total city budget goes to education and cultural quality of life organizations. Yes, it's a lot of money, but that money makes Rome a better place to live.
My personal opinion is that we get a lot of bang for the buck.
Clean and Green is a different sort of beast. I'm interested in learning more about how it is more efficient to fund them than it would be to use city employees to accomplish the goals for recycling.
There is one thing that tell me how gullible the councilors are, and that is the lawn mower issue. They did not want to spend the money on buying a new lawn mower until Fusco tells them they really need it because the cutting is getting too far behind. A friend of mine told me when we talked about Fusco getting his way, something that pissed me off. Its no wonder they are behind on the cutting when the lawn mowers stays parked behind the trees at Erie Canal village, or at the end of Tannery Rd for 5 or 6 days with no cutting being done. I am surprised that Rogers did not bring that up when Fusco asked for the new mower again. She lived there and there is no way she did not see the thing sit there for a week not being used. Why did she not challenge him on it? So Fusco lied to council, and apparently manipulated the data to justify getting the mower. They are as dumb as rocks not to have questioned this more thoroughly, and seen through this as nothing more than him getting his way. They all need to be replaced or done away with altogether. They are useless. You wait and see we will also end up getting the Armory shoved down our throats to.
saltynuts

Utica, NY

#10 Jul 3, 2013
clean them out
Linda

Oneida, NY

#11 Jul 3, 2013
Budgetwatch wrote:
http://romesentinel.com/news?n ewsid=20130701-142038
So....because they did a good job for $20,000 of my tax dollars....now we have to give them $48,000 to continue to do the same thing....even though their membership AND revenue streams have increased???
I am not clear on why my taxes have to fund a private, not-for-profit that is doing something they chose to do. I don't pay taxes to support the YMCA or the YWCA or the Rome Mission and they all do great things to support the city. Why does the Council get to decide this private organization is so deserving of my hard earned tax dollars???? If I choose to donate to a cause, I will do it on my own!!!
Remeber folks, not-for-profit does not mean not-for-salary!!
#feeling suckered
Do we really have a 2 million dollar surplus??!!! What kind of surplus exists in the other depts.? I am not an accountant,but, it sounds like a tax break should be coming soon.
saltynuts

Utica, NY

#12 Jul 3, 2013
fusco will break rome
ohhhnoooq

Saranac Lake, NY

#13 Jul 3, 2013
RC&G receives proceeds from the new ugly electronic billboard on Chestnut Street.

I wonder why they are getting a piece of the pie.

just saying.

Since: Jan 08

Rome

#14 Jul 3, 2013
Isn't the billboard operated by the Chamber of Commerce?
Seriously

Saranac Lake, NY

#15 Jul 3, 2013
frankcor wrote:
Isn't the billboard operated by the Chamber of Commerce?
Yep.
My opinion

Canton, MA

#16 Jul 3, 2013
You miserable idiots of Rome deserve Fusco for mayor......he is retarded like most scums in Rome!
Congrats morons!
Linda

Oneida, NY

#17 Jul 3, 2013
Linda wrote:
<quoted text>Do we really have a 2 million dollar surplus??!!! What kind of surplus exists in the other depts.? I am not an accountant,but, it sounds like a tax break should be coming soon.
Im not kidding. I know that there are many issues involved with putting a budget together, but i remember reading in the sentinal that the council was working to decrease the 5% increase that was proposed by mayor Fusco. Thank goodness the councilors got it done. I also remember the dollar amounts. To me, it seems that a 2 million dollar surplus would have fixed everything, and then some. Im sure im missing something here, but i dont know what. Can anyone help. Thank you.
hello people

Saranac Lake, NY

#18 Jul 3, 2013
Seriously wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep.
CSS of Rome NY, LLC –“Community Service Signs”, was started in December 2012 by partners Eric Ringdahl of Rome, NY and Ken Roser of Utica, NY.

As the name suggests, the goals for the company are to offer Rome businesses the opportunity to advertise on the Latest Digital Billboard technology available, offer non-profit organizations FREE billboard advertising and finally a portion of the advertising revenue will gladly be donated to the Rome Clean & Green non-profit organization to help carry out their efforts to keep the City of Rome Clean and Green.

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So there you have it. A for profit company owns it.

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