"CRAZY" patsy cline
First an apology, this wasn't a budget meeting. Its was a meeting to discuss "New Revenue Sources."
Now before anyone thinks these were proposals sent by the city administration to council to consider, the best way to describe it is "throw it against the wall and see what sticks." Doug Lewis made it very clear to both me and the News-Herald reporter that these were just ideas.
Proposed only a 75% credit on city income taxes payed to another city instead of a 100% credit now. So if you pay 2% in Mentor on $40,000.00 you still pay Mentor $800.00 but now you also owe Painesville an additional $200.00 your not paying now. The finance director believes this could bring in an additional $470,000?
Presently only 29% of the people that pay Painesville City income tax live and work in the city.
A levy, a one mil levy would bring in $256,000.00 in revenue a year.
Annual housing inspection by the fire department would bring in an extra $63,000.00.$50.00 fine for parking in a fire lane or near a hydrant.
A higher fine for false alarm calls.
My favorite... If you call the fire department to put out a fire in your home the fire department will charge your homeowners policy $500.00.WOW!
Don't even ask what happens if their called to a car accident? I'm still trying to figure that one out.
How about a radar picture taker mounted on a trailer? Speeders on Rt.2 or Rt. 44? The fine will be in the mail.
Higher user fees, recreation fees?
Parking fines from $5.00 to $25.00
Now if your late with a utility bill there's a 5% charge, lets make it 10% so we will be in line with other communities.
Want your road resurfaced? Will assess you over 20 years, around $240.00 a year.
The list goes on. Now if you don't believe me call your council people and let them know what you think of these New Revenue Sources. I brought up why doesn't the city look into cuts or streamline the city government? I was told that's not what this meeting was about tonight. The "sacred cows" city administrator's and employees go on their merry way. Only about 18% live in the city, who's worried about their vote anyway?
The administration feels withe new Governor the city could lose over 2 million in state aid.
A comment was made that the city pays 2.9 million dollars in health care benefits for 350 employees. Wonder what the employees pay?
Shared Sacrifice will never be spoken in the Ville'