Tremitiedi: God help us (with the budget)
God Help Us!
The attached are the notes that I basically followed for my less than 5 minute presentation at the May 22nd city council meeting. This was distributed to the press and the City Council. My comments were made before Mayor Roberts arrived and gave his discourse regarding Mr. Fred Tompkins’ role in the budget process. Since Mr. Tompkins(the city’s financial consultant) had left, it will be interesting if the air of uncertainty regarding finger pointing and blame will be cleared up when they address the council at the special council meeting to be held on May 28th.
Please view the attached on Hoboken 411 since I believe that it is in the public interest. Since it appears that the state will now take control of this year’s budget, it now is the time to get ready for the new fiscal year’s budget (starting July 1, 2008), and not be pointing fingers of blame for the current disaster. The real “scapegoat” or even a better word, “patsy”, is the taxpayer and residents of Hoboken who will be footing the bill.
Richard Tremitiedi, resident taxpayer, business renter, former fire chief (appointed by state examination), $1 yr. consultant to Mayor, former council candidate, parent and concerned citizen
Back to Basics by Richard Tremitiedi
You the governing or legislative body have had budget workshops to adopt this year’s budget. Your duties include:
- Set short – mid – long range goals
- Forecast future budget needs
- Define the level of services and the cost of same
- Facilitate citizen inquiries and complaints
- Approve the Mayor’s budget
The Mayor’s role is to prepare and present a budget that meets the State of New Jersey’s legal requirements. He is assisted by the Business Administrator and a professional financial consulting firm.
Citizens donate their advice and expertise to help on, but not limited to:
- Budget items
- Financial forecasting
- Methods of assessing effectiveness and efficiency
Surveys by State agencies and by professionals have been recommended to the Mayor and council. Mayor David Roberts has agreed to pursue such surveys and also to have the City obtain an approved bond rating.
The Mayor and Council should be working together on their sworn duties and there is no excuse for not doing same. This is no time to be pointing fingers.
It’s time to the complete this budget and not make excuses. My mother used to say “The road to hell is often paved with good intentions”. God help us with next year’s budget!