Budget Sweatshop

So the first budget workshop of 2011 was held last Wednesday.  How often have the supervisors talked about the value of attending budget workshop sessions?  Answer: lots.

If you’ve ever been – there’s that one person Rattigan referred to who attended at some point in the last 5 years, so you’re out there somewhere – you know the drill.

If you haven’t, here’s some skinny.

You, as a resident funding the township operation, will be given nothing to look at.  For the price of admission – 2+ hours in a chilly room in a building with a busted water fountain – you’ll get to squint at the TV screen hooked up to a laptop, to stare at numbers and try to follow the discussion.

Supervisors and township employees shuffle papers and talk about this line item and that one.  Really, it’s not unlike the regular township meetings, where supervisors have all kinds of info while those paying for it stare at their own empty hands.

The water in the township building contains arsenic.  Hmm, maybe that’s why the fountain stays broken.  Cut repair expenses and better serve the residents!

Questions from the public are not permitted.  There was something begging for an answer in the pre-pre-preliminary budget, but when one person wanted to ask, Bud Baldwin swiveled about, flung out his hand, and barked “no questions!”.  There is so much venom in this man that he could be our very own super-villain.  It’s difficult to understand why he chooses to behave this way, or why the other supervisors choose to remain silent.

Maybe Bud drinks the township building’s water.

No tax cut shown at this meeting.  RAT-again and Ryan seemed a tad vexed.  The election’s coming up, the flyers are printed, better hurry!

Next meeting is Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 PM.  The earlier starting time means it will be long.  And the means to the promised tax cut should be revealed!

If you plan to attend, don’t sit too close to Bud.  And bring your own drink.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by L. Clark on September 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    There is a water cooler with fresh water in the Township building across from the meeting room.


  2. Posted by Bill Trainer on September 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

    It would be nice if your entry contained anything of value. It would be even nicer if you had the courage to admit you are a member of Polhemus’s “Tricky Dicky” team. Don’t you and he understand that we voters are tired of slime ball politics? Do us a favor. Check the readers’ pulse and find out how many are disgusted with your tactics. We want a clean campaign for a change. Why don’t you know that?.


    • Well I think it contains something of value. A little bit, anyway. I’m not sure about the “Tricky Dicky” team, except now I feel a bit left out. And I guess your pulse is pretty high, but I’m just guessing.


  3. Posted by Mark M on September 21, 2011 at 9:56 am

    1) From Personal experience and comments by others, you can visit the township in advance and see the documenation. Copies of pages may cost you, but that is no different than any other government. I believe that copies of the National Budget cost over $300

    2) Arsenic – Under the Clinton administration, Arsenic levels were set and posed an issue in UMT. Under the Bush administration, the threat levels were changed by a factor of 2 times, and our water was no longer at risk. Thank you, Mr. Bush. Aresenic is the 13th most common element in our bodies.

    3) Since Mr. Polhemus is an Elected Auditor, why not have him obtain a copy of the propose budget in advance and quite your crying?????


    • 1) Now you have me thinking: maybe we can just ask for our own copies of “the packet” before each meeting. Say for a couple of bucks? Keep the envelope, and people can share.

      2) Are you saying that when Bud is snarky it’s Bush’s fault?

      3) I like that idea. Thank you! But I reserve the right to cry. Quite.


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