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BISBEE WIRE/Council budget work session/odds n ends/2018 May #16


The legislature is over. Long live little accomplishments. Teachers, but not others, will get raises; paid for by taking money from other needed services. Oh yeah, charter schools get their dough.  BOHICA for the taxpayers;  FUBAR as a governing body. With Griffin, Nutt, John clueless about problems of education they do not deserve your vote.

Although there is some confusion about Home Rule and the necessity to override it if the CoB can spend it's budget, there is a persistent few who think that opposing the home rule is the best way to govern Bisbee. In a nutshell (short history is below)...if home rule is upheld (and it has to be voted on by every city) CoB can spend more than a set about dictated by an archaic formula passed many years ago.  That is, if home rule is not overode in a vote by the people, Bisbee is limited to spending no more than is $3.9k.

A few people on facebook think this is a good thing. They are wrong and  ignorant of the ramifications. good rule of thumb is that if gadfly Donna Pulling is for something, it is a good bet you should oppose it.) If a spending limitation of $3.9k was imposed it is good bye Bisbee. All services save police and fire would be cut; no library, no personal, no parks, no other city employees, nothing that makes our city livable could be funded. It effectively bankrupts the city.

So when the vote comes around be sure to vote for overriding Home Rule. Unless, of course, Nihilism appeals to you.

What is Home Rule?

The alternative expenditure limitation — known as the Home Rule Option —  will appear on the 2018 ballot.

The State of Arizona Constitution imposes a formula-based budget spending limit on Arizona cities and towns, Smith explained. Every four years, the spending limit has to be increased so all bills and services can be paid.

The city has an $8.8 million budget, but the state limit only allows $3.9 million to be spent. This proposal does not require a tax increase or any additional funding from new sources. Without the voter approved increase, the city would only be able to pay existing debt and existing public safety pension obligations.


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THURSDAY MAY 10, 2018  6:30

This is the third session of the proposed tentative budget. Upon completion of the presentation, there will be a public and hearing before the final budget is adopted. As I understand it that hearing is where the rubber meets the road and the council/mayor has to make the difficult decisions to bring spending in line with revenues. That will mean cutting some or all departments and reducing or eliminating line items in the budget. It is a very difficult time for the city and there is sure to be some consternation as favorite things get cut.

The tentative budget sets the maximum amount of the final budget but may be modified before the adoption of the final budget. In other words there is still time for you input.

The one thing I hope to get to the bottom of is how much actual bed tax money comes into the city. With the advent of airb&b collections last year along with the two bed taxes, we should be seeing more money. Far as I can figure we ain't. A mystery. Also VRBO at last count had 33 listings, does not charge tax when rentals are made through them. That needs to be addressed soon. Perhaps if the fifth person in the treasurer's office gets funded (and it should be), they will be dedicated to exclusively to collections owed the City.

Background here:


1.      Presentation and Discussion of the Proposed Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Robert Smith, City Manager

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BISBEE CALENDAR INFO Brenda Morales email her for inclusion in calendar.

BISBEE RECYCLING GUIDE Handy sheet telling what can be recycled and where you can do it. Available at the city building G 1415 Melody Lane.

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......................... REALITY SHOW GUY

<><><>><><><><><><><><>< PIZZAJOKE A cartoon I read long ago....  a waiter asks a customer whether he’d like the pizza he just ordered cut into 4 or 6 pieces and he says “Four! I could never eat six slices of pizza.” 

<><><><><><><><><><><><><>< MURPHY'S OTHER LAWS (Anything that can go wrong will go wrong) (thanks and a nod to RC)

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

2. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

3. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

4. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

6. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

7. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

8. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

9. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end-to-end someone from California would be stupid enough to try to pass them.

10. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

11. The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

12. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.

13. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.

14. God gave you toes as a device for finding furniture in the dark. 

15. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.


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