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I have included in my letter to you a copy of my veto of the Borough of Bellevue budget for the year 2013. I felt it important to let the public know that the changes that council have made are unnecessary financially and will lead to diminished customer service to the taxpayer as well as a compromise in officer and citizen safety.
If anything the cuts made by Council may very well generate a greater expense than we now have as aging vehicles will require more repairs but also higher paid employees will be doing tasks that eliminated part time staff were doing at a much lower hourly rate.
I presented to Council a balanced budget with no proposed tax increase, as well as a $600,000 surplus from 2012; I am not sure why we need less service to the taxpayers as well as compromises to public safety while pet projects of Council are financed at taxpayer’s expense.
Mayor of Bellevue
The Mayor’s Veto:
Members of Council,
I am vetoing the 2013 budget ordinance for the following reasons.
- The elimination of a part time position in the police office that will now result in the increase in time that officers will be doing paperwork instead of being on patrol. Other duties when not able to be reassigned due to other employee’s workload will not be able to be completed. Customer service (service to the public) will be diminished.
- The elimination of a vehicle for the police. The lack of a newer police vehicle will diminish officer safety and lead to an increase in service and repairs to the existing fleet resulting in a diminished savings. The vehicle that would be replaced could be used in another department for a supervisor freeing up a truck for work in the Borough, again with a cost savings.
- The line item for the Bellevue Dog Woods dog park ($2000) needs to be eliminated. When the board of the dog park proposed the use of Borough property, they were adamant that there was to be no financial or like services asked for or wanted by the Borough of Bellevue. This would allow the dog park to remain autonomous from the Borough.
Mayor of Bellevue