Overdue Cuts at City Hall (2/18/10)
To make up for lost revenue, the City of Louisville plans to cut 12.7 million dollars from its current budget. But we're being assured that the cuts won't require any service cutbacks or layoffs.
So where WILL all that money come from?
Well, according to the city's most recent announcement, it's going to happen through a combination of cutting back on travel and unscheduled overtime and allowing certain vacant positions to go unfilled.
Now at first, this sounds good. But if you think about it for more than a few seconds, you have to wonder why city employees have been taking all those trips and getting all that overtime – and why all those vacant jobs existed -- in the first place. If the city really can accomplish what it's supposed to without any of that stuff, why have we been spending nearly 13 million dollars a year on it?
Anyone responsible for running a business has been facing the same economic challenges for a long time now. And I can guarantee you, for most of us the frivolous travel, unauthorized overtime and needless jobs were the first things to go. Why has it taken until now for that same light to go on in the halls of city government?
I've always been pretty happy with what our city government does. But learning they really could have been doing it all along for almost 13 million dollars less is more than a little disheartening.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.