It’s all relative when you’re talking budget deficits of trillions of dollars for the federal government, or billions for state government, or millions for local government. In this case it’s a $3 million budget deficit for the city of Naperville, but according to Karen DeAngelis, finance director for Naperville, it’s “O.K.” which means ‘no problem’. What’s a few million dollars here and there.
That in essence crystallizes the problem with government; as long as it’s not their dollars, then it’s no problem. And it’s especially not their problem when all the city of Naperville has to do is squeeze it out of the local residents with higher taxes and fees, including a water rate increase of almost 15%, and most assuredly electric rates due to the Naperville city council Smart Meter fiasco.
It’s a ‘perfect storm’ scenario in Naperville; 1) very weak leadership at the city manager level, 2) inadequate overview by the Naperville city council, and 3) over spending by the city. The city of Naperville’s motto should be changed to “A penny saved is an oversight”
There is a portion of the city council meeting (Consent agenda) that deals with the approval of expenses. During this time, hundreds of thousands of dollars are being tossed around, and chances are that members of the council spend more time discussing the toppings on their pizza, than in reducing expenses. It appears that Naperville city officials find it much easier to extract dollars from residents rather than to question expense or creatively reduce it.
So I suggest taking a page from Naperville city council playbook and I make a motion that when Naperville residents spend more than they earn for any particular month, that they simply meander down to city hall and tap council members and the city manager for a few bucks here and there to cover their deficit. That way if a resident has a budget deficit, it’s O.K……no problem.