A Message fromAlderman-At-Large Mary Jo Rossetti RE:FY’18 City Budget


And so this Monday begins the very important process of reviewing the Administration’s proposed FY’18 City Budget. Please send me your thoughts/concerns/ideas. Our meetings every night for the next 2 weeks begin at 6:00 p.m. Each will be taped, played live, and viewable via the City webpage at any time you wish to watch and hear firsthand the presentations by each Department head, followed by questions from the BOA. I have a file of my observances over this past year which will assist me as I question certain Departments. Thank you all for your support and faith in me these past few years, I hope I won’t let you down.

Mary Jo
Mary Jo Rossetti Alderman-At-Large

One thought on “A Message fromAlderman-At-Large Mary Jo Rossetti RE:FY’18 City Budget”

  1. Since we didn’t see much accumulation of snow fall this past winter, we should have $9 million in the budget we spent one of the previous years when we had several large snow storms.

    How about some transparency on where the $9 million went? That seems excessive especially since there was very little snow removal. Instead, we were forced to build walls of snow on our sidewalks. And why can’t we use our own employees at DPW to plow snow as in the past?

    Also, I would like to address the $300,000 budget for communication. With online information being so cost effective I don’t understand why we need to spend so much. Please provide a full accounting to where this money is allocated.

    If the proposed highschool is budgeted for $300 million, I’d say it’s time to cut back. Hopefully, the money will come from some other source instead of the already struggling elderly and working class families trying to remain in their homes.

    I don’t anticipate seeing a reduction in our tax and water bills, but I would strongly advise the board to consider cutting back on unnecessary spending.

    We could also do without the many street festivals that clog up our streets on weekends and force us to become prisoners in our own homes. Those who have to run errands can’t get back to their neighborhoods. The city workers are being told to block our streets with saw horses and will not remove them so we can access our streets. Elder care specialists and other services providers cannot care for their clients.

    Thank you

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