First it was former Mayor Dolly Aorns putting out a letter that skewed the facts of Shoreacres’ financial situation. Now it is current Mayor (and soon to be former) Matt Webber doing the same. Sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder what universe people are living in because it isn’t reality.
If you were one of the “lucky” ones to receive Webber’s letter, you already know what I’m talking about. If not, then click here to read a desperate attempt to bankrupt the city. Don’t ask me for the reason why they want to bankrupt the city, I’ve been trying to tell people how to stop it.
I could pick this thing apart in a hundred ways but why? Voters either know the truth by now or they don’t. Fact: the person that wrote this letter, Mayor Matt Webber, proposed a budget that would have spent all but $15,000 of our $954,000 in liquid reserves this year. That is a FACT, as you can read for yourself if you care to. No spin, no hyperbole, no rhetoric. FACT.
In the letter, he includes a table that he says the city paid for which justifies the current salary of the City Administrator. Problem is that the table was never presented to the public or to council in an open meeting. Plus Webber asserts that this study was commissioned by former Mayor Arons before she resigned but given to someone in the city in June 2013. I guess that the “someone” would have been Webber himself because Arons resigned from council on May 28, 2013. Read about it. Oh, and about that salary? Council under Arons approved it in December, 2012, so why the so-called study in June 2013?
Webber gets quotes from former Mayor Jayo Washington, former Mayor Dolly Arons, and former Alderman Richard Adams. I find it interesting that each of those people voted for deficit budgets. I think Jayo is a good guy but he hasn’t been to a council meeting in a couple of years. I also find it interesting that in her letter trying to scare voters into voting for the status quo, Arons said that the current City Administrator was responsible for $7 million in grants from various agencies but in this one, she upped the figure to $9 million. I’m guessing that if the election wasn’t being held Saturday, we might be up to $20 million soon!
As far as I can tell, David Stall isn’t on the ballot Saturday. We are electing a new mayor and council. There are stark differences between the two mayoral candidates. There are stark differences between one candidate for council, Paul Croas, and the other three. I urge any citizen to contact each candidate and find out what they stand for and why. For what it is worth, only one of the four candidates I interviewed even brought up David Stall and that was Richard Adams. Richard told me that he wanted to investigate the allegations that Stall was “doing bad things” and that he wanted to review the policy of buying new vehicles every two years. In this letter, he credits Stall for the two year policy. You know, because every other city and law enforcement agency in Harris County is stupid to keep their cars so long.
And when you ask them about the budget, think about the fact (FACT) that Mayor Webber and David Stall proposed spending all of Shoreacres reserves this year. And they did this knowing full well that we would be insolvent if we did so. That isn’t rhetoric, that is fact (FACT). Listen to David Stall in HIS OWN WORDS:
If you look at the big picture and you put both of the funds together, you can see that the combined growth of the budgets is 3.9% and you can see that the contribution from the reserve fund is $846,000. As we look forward, that is not a sustainable number even if we come in under budget. We have in reserve just slightly more than $1.7 million, so if we were to spend all of the money in this budget, which we historically have not done, but if we were, and if our revenues were to come in at or below, we would only have one more year that we could have this kind of deficits and fund it from the reserves.
That is a transcription of what he said in the audio link above. The $1.7 million he mentioned includes four CD’s and checking account balances. In reality, we have less than a million in liquid reserves, which would have been liquidated this year if his and Webber’s budget would have been adopted. Fortunately, council cut that in half. Unfortunately, council cut that in half and refused to fix the problem. The only member of council that tried to fix the problem this year was Alderman Nancy Schnell. FACT.
Look folks, all I can do is give you information. I can’t tell you how to vote. I can only hope that you do your due diligence and vote on merit and not on popularity.
Learn about the candidates here:
2014 Municipal Election: Shoreacres Mayor, Ron Hoskins
2014 Municipal Election: Shoreacres Alderman, Paul Croas
2014 Municipal Election: Shoreacres Alderman, Neil Moyer
Douglas Downs says
I enjoy reading your articles, keep up the great work. The past year I have been keeping up with the city council meetings in Shoreacres. From and outsider looking in, I see great opportunities for the community to move forward on. Elected leaders need to do the will of the people, represent the whole community.