Though part of this list might shock LiB readers, I would like to say “Thank you!” to the following people: Linda Woshner, Jane Braunlich, Jim Viscusi (can someone mark the time and date?), Kathy Coder, Mark Helbling, Lynn Heffley, and Ron Borczyk. These are the individuals, the only individuals not including myself, who were present for the first formal discussion regarding the 2014 Bellevue Borough budget. Let’s just be clear what this list includes: four out of the nine members 2014 Bellevue Council, two lame duck council members, and the borough manager. Though I might philosophically disagree with many in the room, I’m always willing to give credit where credit is due. The community of Bellevue thanks you for taking time out your day to discuss next year’s fiscal policy.
Now, let’s get to Liberty in Bellevue’s bread and butter – criticism of Bellevue’s political leadership. Where in the world was everybody else?! Jim Scisciani, councilman from the 3rd Ward, was the only one to notify the borough of his absence. However, Frank Camello and Sue Viscusi were no shows. George Doscher, the out going mayor, was also noticeably absent after he raised much concern regarding the subject matter. But, that only accounts for the sitting members of Bellevue’s elected leadership. What about the newly elected leaders: Matt Senvisky, Vencent Menosky, Paul Cusick, Henry Lenard….::crickets::….???
Admittedly, the newly elected leaders of Bellevue would not have an official seat at the table, yet. But, even I, the lone visitor with no official capacity in the borough whatsoever, other than leading this political accountability and liberty movement, was invited to offer comments during the meeting. One would think that the newly elected leaders would have at least some vested interest in the discussion concerning the borough’s 2014 fiscal policy…or is that just expecting too much? How can anyone question, challenge, or even work with the borough’s budget if they’re not willing/able to listen in on, or even participate, in its development?! I realize this might be “how things have always been done,” (out going council work out the new budget for the new council to manage) but what good has the status quo ever done for Bellevue?