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4/25/2013 1:07:00 PM
Editorial: Wish-list budgeting a crap shoot for supervisors

One of the oldest tricks in the book when presenting a budget request is to shoot for the moon when all you really want is a slice of Kansas.

Yavapai County Supervisor Tom Thurman said there was a time when every department routinely asked for 8 to 12 percent increases.

Most likely when they would be happy to get a 5-percent increase.

Those days, Thurman said this week, are gone, but some of the other freshmen members of the now 5-man county board are not so sure. Going through their first county budgeting process, the consensus of the supervisors is that they have been presented with a wish list instead of a realistic spending plan.

And, as rookie Supervisor Craig Brown said, “My position as a member of this board is, we’re four-million-plus short, and I’m trying to figure out how I can save as much as I can in the next year so I’m not another four million short.”

That puts the ball back in the court of the county’s department managers, and they should take advantage of the opportunity. Further, they need to look beyond their own county fiefdom and examine the big-picture needs of the entire county. Sometimes it’s best to put your own needs on the back-burner for the sake of the entire operation.

The alternative, of course, is to play the wish-list game and end up letting the county supervisors do whatever they deem necessary to make the bottom line balance.

You can take the initiative, or let the supervisors take it for you.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Article comment by: Time For Zero Based Budgets?

Every individual and families go through a zero-
based-budgets...all gov (fed, state, local) should
do the same.

One way to cut cost is to get rid of voting
machines...this will save money and bring back
the the confidence of vote count to 100%...
right now its close to zero percent...hence we
squander a lot of the folks hard earn taxes for
zero value.

Thanks and Good Luck,

Frank Henry
Tel: 928-649-0249
e-mail: fmhenry4@netzero.com

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Gotta' watch out for them City haters. -

No matter what they will never be happy... they exist to find the negative in everything. Like troll's under a bridge hoping to catch an ear or an eye.

They seem to forget that much if not all of the equipment they complain about the cost of was obtained via grants or government surplus programs, per this papers article:


"Cottonwood Police was able to acquire these vehicles free of charge. The vehicles amounted to approximately $126,000 worth of equipment to be used for the city's benefit."

"In the past, the police department has received other safety items through the program including flak jackets, Kevlar helmets and ballistic panels."

So to be clear- they items you are holding up as your golden calf... were ~FREE~ at no cost to the taxpaying citizens. If you want to continue to flog that item to death, please proceed- but be aware it just indicates how your perception of reality is skewed by what appears to be a blind rage of hatred towards the city... that appears to be at an unhealthy level.

The waste water treatment plant is another story altogether, surely you have contacted the city council and staff to voice your concerns right? Or are you expecting them to get it through osmosis? Your voice is a valuable thing and its a shame to see it wasted in comments that may never see the eyes of those you disparage on a constant basis.

Actually letting them know might be a very healthy option for you to consider.

Either way... you can choose to be constructive or contemptuous... which one would yield a better return on your investment?

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Watch out for them bureaucrats

A version of this is going on in Cottonwood right now, with the city's request for voters to permanently approve spending increases.

Giving voters the opportunity to review and approve spending every four years isn't good enough for them, they want permanent approval.

The thinking goes like this: If you don't permanently approve more spending right now, just watch us as we de-fund the fire department and let your house burn down.

Gee, ya think they couldn't cut funding for the paramilitary uniforms for the police? Or maybe they could cut a little from this multi-million dollar white elephant extravaganza they call the Riverfront sewage treatment plant?

Oh no, gotta have all that. We'll cut funding to the fire department first.

Just another version of one of the oldest tricks in the books.

County Supervisors shouldn't be fooled, neither should Cottonwood voters.

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