Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Council Busts Cap.....Budget Done

     City Council passed a budget and it includes a four percent levy increase for taxpayers.  Council Horbacz voted no on the budget and no on the setting of the tax rate. Councilman Walczyk voted yes on the budget but no on paying for it. That was to preserve the record on being able to say he never voted to exceed the tax cap, although by voting for the budget he did.
     There was no further action on the firefighters so the eight captain slots are gone. They need to listen to some of their members who realize they have something of value in the manning clause and can sell that for a good price to a Council anxious for a win and for this to be over.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The manning clause is over. I don't know where or when you became an expert in labor law, but you should offer your services to the city you say you love.

Anonymous said...

Good to see Horbacz held fast. That was one of his campaign promises.

Now Walzycka? No real surprise there.

Waffler!

Anonymous said...

You folks that put outsider Walzycka in now are going to pay for it. Hes a two faced as his boss.

Anonymous said...

Yeah,I bet the council members are anxious to see this one gone,as they are likely to get bitch slapped when it goes to court and look stupid for violating civil service law.You can't blame though,they were easily led by the city manager and the money hungry legal counsels,who should have known better.

Anonymous said...

Walczyk last week: "read my lips - no new taxes"

Walczyk this week: "yes" on budget that calls for tax increase.......

He's ready to run for higher office already!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Walczyk enjoy your short term in office because when your terms up your HISTORY, , you lied and failed to represent the tax payers of Watertown.

Anonymous said...


They should have dug deeper into the fund balance and avoided overriding the cap.

Better yet, don't give management raises, don't give the P&R lady another employee and don't continue to throw away our money on needless litigation and an overpaid CM.

Didn't their move just cost us all a rebate from the state? What did that cost us? Just asking.

Anonymous said...

12:32 Not only will your taxes go up again this year you can kiss any rebate back from Albany because YOUR CITY LEADERS failed to stay under the 2 percent tax cap a reward from Albany for showing the city knows how to manage tax payers money and show fiscal responsibility.. It's sad the only thing they know how to do is spend spend spend and let the tax payers worry about paying for it.They had more then enough cash in the general fund to cover the 2016-17 Budget and stay under the 2 percent cap.

Anonymous said...

How is it that Mayor Butler and Mr. Jennings wear the same suits? Who dressed them for that? The one term wonder dept?

Anonymous said...

They both have impeccable taste 12:31. And neither will be one-termers...

Anonymous said...

1:38 I hope they both elected, who better to increase taxes than those who are bankers and government employees. They need our money to line their pockets.

Anonymous said...

You are so wrong 10:28.

Anonymous said...

10:28 may run...in the opposite direction.

But then that would require movement of a lazy ass from behind a computer. Don't squint when you come up from the basement into the daylight.

Kudos to our new mayor and council. They sure can't be doing it for the pay.