To the Residents of Mount Vernon:
As you may be aware, the City Council intended to hold a public
hearing on the budget this Thursday, December 29th, 2011.
It does not appear that this will happen. The fact is that as of
the time I write this letter, neither the Mayor nor the Comptroller
has voted to move the process forward. Please know that as the
Council’s representative, I have voted in favor of presenting this
budget to you in spite of the fact that it contains many things that
I do not agree with. The Council understands that the budget is a
document that is amended periodically throughout the year to
address the ever changing needs of the various departments.
We accept the fact that there is no such thing as a perfect budget
and that the responsibility is to present a fair annual estimate
that both supports the needs of the city at large while
understanding the impact of increases in taxes to the residents.
But without the vote of the Comptroller or the Mayor, we
have no budget to present to you, the resident! It might be easy
to say that this is politics as usual in Mount Vernon. The
problem with that thought is that the inaction seems to
benefit no one! The City Councils last scheduled meeting is
Wednesday, December 28th at 7pm. As always, we want to
hear from you. If you would like to speak at this meeting,
please call the Office of the City Clerk before 3:00 pm to
put your name on the list. As always, we thank you for
expressing your civic concerns.