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Candidate Jack Schriber Calls City Council Combative and Dysfunctional

Candidate Jack Schriber Calls City Council Combative and Dysfunctional

first_imgLast week, the Evansville City Council threatened to enforce an unprecedented ordinance it passed earlier this year that would prevent city government from meeting its obligations. In effect, the politicized move – made to coincide with an election – would risk shutting down city government, disrupting services and withholding pay for city employees.The city of Evansville has approximately $145 million on hand, including $52 million in the general fund. Independent bond rating agencies repeatedly conclude the city has operated in a financially sound, efficient and prudent manner. Simply put, Evansville is on firm financial footing.But certain members of the City Council want to handcuff the mayor from using the funds available and instead force him to keep the funds unused in accounts where they are not needed. This arbitrarily forces the separation of bank accounts and results in some checking accounts with a large positive balance and others with a negative balance. This ordinance is unprecedented in Evansville’s history and there is no clear evidence of it occurring anywhere else in the entire state.Imagine having two personal checking accounts, one dedicated to clothes and another dedicated to entertainment. If the entertainment account is temporarily high while the clothes account is temporarily low, common sense says you should transfer some money from entertainment to pay for clothes until the next paycheck. That is, in effect, what city government has done for generations and what the City Council is now refusing to allow.City Council will now have to approve inter-fund transfers that were previously handled by internal cash flow management. With $145 million on hand the city is not broke, and the funds are there. But City Council members are poised to use their unusual ordinance to avoid making payments and instead seek political gain less than two months before an election. Without the ability to transfer within funds, City Council will withhold the pay of city employees and vendors. Evansville’s residents don’t get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their job. Neither does City Council.They don’t get to hold our city hostage over settled tradition and policy. They don’t get to refuse payment to hard-working employees because an election is around the corner. That’s not how our municipal government is supposed to work.City Council’s political, combative, and dysfunctional approach to too many issues has made it impossible for them to effectively govern. Evansville needs and deserves a City Council that is focused less on politics and more on ways to grow our city, create new jobs, and use common sense budgeting. But not under the shadow of these threats to our city.Pay the bills. Avoid a government shutdown. Evansville is counting on City Council to do the right thing. And we will do everything we can to make sure the next City Council is one that acts in the best interests of Evansville.Jack SchriberCandidate for City Council At LargePlease take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read. Please scroll at the bottom of our paper so you can enjoy our creative political cartoons. Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without our permissionFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more