Tagged: GASD

Line-by-Line

No matter the issue facing our city, the answer is always taxes are too high and what we need to solve the problem is to cut expenses line-by-line. According to this reasoning, our budgets have buried within them a secret set of expenses, that once...

Bacon and Kool-Aid : The False Choice Edition

I’m surprised that people are surprised that the GASD now recommends moving the administrative offices from the Central Administration Building (CAB) to Bacon. How can this be, one may reasonably ask? Let me explain. At the time of the closure decision, members of the community...

Cognitive Dissonance — Part B

Compliments of Dan Weaver at Upstream & Downtown , the Chamber of Commerce sends a letter: Our elected officials need to seriously consider the detrimental impact this will have on an already struggling business community. The City of Amsterdam has touted their support of business...

Cognitive Dissonance — Part A

The embedded documents below include  a letter from the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Montgomery County to Mayor Thane and the Common Council and a letter in response from Mayor Thane. Let me highlight the salient section from the Supervisor Quackenbush’s letter: The...

GASD Budget by Municipality

Here is a breakdown of tax rate changes from 2010-2011 budget to 2011-2012. Of course, the double digit school tax increases pale in comparison to the blather and demagoguery of the city budget. As always — focus on the trivial and sweep aside the significant:...

Red Light District

Given the recent incident at the GASD and with a large number of blog hits for people searching for some variant of ‘GASD’ and ‘porn’, I expertly recovered the images in question from the computer. As a fair warning, readers outside of 12010 will find...

Venting

And once again, the collective yawn rules the day in our fair city. If you look at the posts(here and here)  on the recent incidents concerning the GASD state audits along with a similar-minded take on the issue by Dan Weaver on his blog, you...

The Sweepers — Part 2

At last night’s GASD board meeting, we see how the board tries to end-around any public discussion of the audit findings– they convene in executive session. Clearly, dealing with resignation and the personnel side of the finance manager absolutely requires an executive session. I have...