I write to you this week for one simple reason, to publicly acknowledge and thank Bellevue Councilman Henry Lenard and Councilwoman Kathy Coder.
If memory serves me correctly, for the better part of six months, Councilman Lenard has been asking, begging even, for a publishable list of Bellevue’s delinquent taxpayers. Every month during Bellevue Council’s regular meeting, without fail, Councilman Lenard raises the question and seemingly every month Director of Administrative Services, Ron Borcyzk, explains that for one reason or another he doesn’t have it yet.
Likewise, every month, without fail, Councilwoman Coder seems to be the only member of the board who diligently goes through the borough’s monthly bill lists and questions why there are late fees, missed payments, and line items that don’t make any sense. And, much like the taxpayer list, there always seems to be some kind of an excuse.
It’s no secret that Bellevue’s strapped for cash. Just a few months ago Council President Mark Helbling was asking the Finance Committee to consider increasing parking rates to generate some additional revenue. As one who strives to pay my taxes and fees on time, month after month, year after year, I demand that something be done regarding the proper management of the borough’s resources!
Why is it so difficult to compile a list of taxpayers who have been shirking their “fair share” of the borough’s revenue year after year? Why is paying, or at least reporting payment of, the borough’s bills accurately and on time such a challenge?
I don’t pretend to know what it’s like to manage a borough, but as a business owner, I can tell you within seconds which invoices are paid in full and which are outstanding. I know which bills have been paid and which are on the docket. This isn’t complicated. This is organizational management 101 type stuff. If something so fundamental to the daily operation of a local municipality is so difficult for the current borough manager and his staff, it forces me to wonder what other tasks are too much for them to handle.
The ultimate responsibility for the handling of Bellevue’s affairs lies with council. With the exceptions of Mr Lenard’s drive to recoup the borough’s lost revenue and Ms Coder’s oversight of the borough’s bill list, it’s time for Council to grow a spine, step up, and demand better for its residents. It’s time for those we elected to demand accountability and effectively lead our borough.
Democrat/Republican Nominee for Bellevue Coucil