Saturday, February 22, 2020

Starting the year $688,000 in the hole!

The first video from Nov. 19, 2019 ...shows the Muskegon county finance director explain the county budget for the coming year "...will have a shortfall of $688,000 in the general fund...".
  • Note that every commissioner AND county administrator Mark Eisenbarth is in attendance.
  • One might assume this disastrous announcement would be something worthy of remembering.



The following video, only 3 months later, 2-18-2020, 
...and that disturbing financial bombshell is "disappeared from memory".
  • Notice how EVERY commissioners except Zach Lahring sits silent during the entire discussion?
  • Notice when the county administrator assures EVERYONE there was no shortfall?
  • Notice how the county administrator assured EVERYONE in the room that "... the board approved a balanced budget Oct 1st (2019)...", a date weeks BEFORE the $688,000 shortfall was announced.
  • As if the Board could "wish" bad thoughts out of the room?
  • Notice how both county employees refuse to give understandable answers to a very reasonable question from the representative of the people to a county employee about where the money went?
  • Do you notice that, with the exception of Commissioner Lahring, not one other commissioner bothers to offer follow-up questions?
  • Do you notice how bored the other commissioners appear?
  • Do you now start to understand just HOW MUSKEGON GOT TO BE THE WORST FINANCIALLY MANAGED COUNTY IN OUR STATE?

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