Next few days “crucial” says Mayor

Dear Readers,
You Takoma Parkians should start loading the catapults with e-mail to your county representatives RIGHT NOW! That’s what city mayor Bruce Williams says. And HURRY! You have only a few days to get your message across before the county council’s May 10 meeting.
The message the mayor urges residents to bombard the county with is to restore the 20% cut from all municipalities! County Executive Isiah Leggett proposes such a cut on top of the 5% cut he previously proposed.

County councilmembers can stop the latest proposal by voting for the recommendations made by the county Management and Fiscal Policy Committee Friday, April 30.
Mayor Williams attended that committee meeting to advocate for the city. The previous 5% cut to municipalities was “a done deal!, said the mayor, and the city’s current proposed 2011 budget already accounts for this.
But the committee did not fully approve this cut, which would mean an additional 600,000 slashed from Takoma Park’s revenues. Such deep cuts would mean the city manager would have to redraft the city budget with more trims than a Marine recruit’s haircut.
They made two recommendations, one to restore the first half of the municipal cuts, the other to restore the second half. Odd way to go about it, Your Gilbert thinks, but perhaps they are thinking that it would be better to have half a restoration than to have none.
If we were cynical, we might think the committee has found a way for them and the full council to cater to both sides. They can claim to have championed the municipalities by preventing half the cuts – while still slashing their revenues 10%.
As the mayor pointed out, regardless of where the cuts are made, the county is still facing a $900,000,000 budget hole. The mayor said, “any restoration of a proposed cut will need replacement cuts from somewhere else.”
Maybe a 10% cut was what the County Executive has had in mind all along? Each 10% cut represents $300,000 to the city – and a grim trip back to the chopping block for the city manager.
The next few days “are crucial” said the mayor, “the County Council begins full budget deliberations on May 10.” Five votes are needed. He thinks the city has support from Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Duchy Trachtenberg (both at-large), Valerie Ervin, Phil Andrews, and Nancy Navarro.
He thought councilmember Roger Berliner may also support the recommendations.
Mayor Williams helpfully noted that people could send one e-mail that goes to all of the Council by sending it to the Council President, Nancy Floreen, at The other two are Councilmembers George Leventhal (at-large) and Mike Knapp.

– Gilbert


About the Author

Gilbert is the pseudonym of a hard-bitten, hard-drinking, long-time Takoma Park resident who maintains the granolapark blog. Gilbert and William L. Brown — Granola Park's mild-mannered chief of staff, researcher, and drink pourer — have never been seen in the same place at the same time.

3 Comments on "Next few days “crucial” says Mayor"

  1. Bruce Williams | May 3, 2010 at 7:35 am |

    That’s Nancy Navarro, not Mike Navarro 🙂

  2. Tom Gagliardo | May 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm |

    So the political strategy has been and is:
    1. TP and the county agreed by some formula that the City was entitled to $X.
    2. TP has further received from the county earmarked funds for the non-Gym rebuild, the council chambers renovation and the Public Works rebuild.
    3. Now, at the 11th hour, pressure is going to be applied to the County Council to reject one-half of the County Exec’s recommended 20% cut(on top of the previous 5%, which is apparently being conceded). I know there will also be a request to reject the other 10%, but that is like saying “I’ll buy your car if you reduce the price by $500 and $500.” Oh wait, I get it, the county council will vote to reject 10%; and if that passes, Councilmember Elrich will move to reject the other 10%, but there won’t be enough votes. Whatever. Hail the half-conquering hero.
    4. And because any change in the MoCo payment to TP has to be offset by cuts elsewhere, what cuts have Councilmembers Elrich, Trachtenberg, Ervin, Andrews and Navarro proposed in lieu of the payment to TP? Ah, the sweet smell of a politician’s promise wafts from Rockville on a gentle Spring breeze.
    5. And the fate of Rockville, Gaithersburg and other municipalities? Remember the municipalities united will never be defeated.
    6. How about establishing a formula that truly represents monies not spent by the county because the city provides the service?This would be similar to what was achieved by D.C. some years ago regarding the “federal payment”. That would take a united front and maybe state legislation.
    6. Roger Schlegel speak to us.

  3. The people running this city are now, and have been incompetent political wanna’bees – Juicy Bruce Williams and Her Imperial Dark Majesty Herr Porter have maxed out the credit card, overdrawn the checking account, mortgaged us to the underwater hilt – let’s just give the city council copies of Sim City and send them home …
    It’s the greenest thing one can do!

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