Payne, who has his party’s endorsement for the First Ward seat, said he will continue to be committed to the success of the community.Before making such an asinine statement, Councilman Payne should have taken a look at the Insanity... blog we wrote a few weeks ago.
“This administration has worked hard to maintain minimal tax increases from year to year (but) the past several years have made this very challenging with increased costs and reduction in revenue,” he said, referring to less sales tax revenue because of the sluggish economy.
ACTUAL sales tax revenue received has been pretty steady...about $5 million a year.
The problem is that in 2007 and 2008 the town board budgeted for more than they could have expected to receive in a good economy and even though they didn't receive the budgeted amounts for those years, the board still over-anticipated 2009 sales tax revenue. And Councilman Payne, the sluggish economy started to really hit in the fourth quarter of 2008...before the budget was adopted! Guess budgeting isn't your forte either Councilman Payne. Besides the fact that you didn't do a very good job of overseeing taxpayer dollars, we note that you have missed 10 board meetings over the past 3 1/2 years. Not a very good track record...
Earle Reed wasn't the only one to drop the ball! Everyone of them dropped the ball...Councilman Payne, Councilman Woodland, Councilwoman Krupa and most of all Councilman Reynolds, the Deputy Town Supervisor who, truth be known, has actually been running the show!