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October 22, 2014

Galveston’s draft budget sheds light on seawall parking plan

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  • The Daily Blues posted at 5:00 pm on Tue, Jul 29, 2014.

    The Daily Blues Posts: 57

    How can there not be a clear picture of the expenses? Sounds like some people have their hand in the cookie jar and are fudging numbers.

    And yet the city administration employee's are in the budget for a raise!

    So they promise us a 2 cent tax rate decrease, but that's smoke and mirrors. Nothing is that good to be true. When I hear promises of "lower taxes", I hold onto my wallet and clinch my butt cheeks tight because someone is getting screwed.

    I can't wait until i move from this greedy island.

     
  • t14wagner posted at 11:37 am on Mon, Jul 28, 2014.

    t14wagner Posts: 26

    Without detailed accounting of expenses, and clear understanding of what such expense covers (ie, frequency of patrols/enforcement, etc), it's difficult to pinpoint real vs. perceived issues.

    The City can do better ... but as been shown in other areas fundamental accounting principles are lacking. Question for CC, who should be held accountable for such obvious omissions in sound fiscal management?

     
  • Jake Buckner posted at 11:02 am on Mon, Jul 28, 2014.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 1678

    Yes, pflinn, you're absolutely right.

    On one of my almost-daily seawall jaunts, I asked a lady issuing parking tickets whether most people paid for parking. She said it was about 50-50. I have no way of knowing if this true, but if it is it makes the math pretty easy. It's also clear that the lack of penalty makes the crime worth doing.

    The fee is too low, too many people aren't paying the fee, the fine is too low, and too many people aren't paying the fine. Ergo, small revenue.

     
  • pflinn posted at 9:51 am on Mon, Jul 28, 2014.

    pflinn Posts: 257

    "If all those expenses were counted, the (seawall) parking program might not be breaking even."

    Wow! What an admission! "Greedy Galveston" better start enforcing the law if this city expects to see profits from this program. I cannot believe the way this big project was so mishandled this past year. No wonder the CC wants to hand it over to the Park Board.

    Only Galveston could turn a "slam-dunk" into a "slam-junk", with no one accepting accountability for enforcing the law. Those of us who voted against charging for seawall parking are nodding our heads. Better hire those meter-maids. Extra policemen to patrol or enforce the law,will cost big money.

    And, even with all that stinky seaweed, SW parking is bumper-to-bumper on week-ends and most week days this summer!

     
  • t14wagner posted at 8:10 am on Sun, Jul 27, 2014.

    t14wagner Posts: 26

    Perhaps your next piece, Heber, should center on WHY the Mayor, Council & City Manager fail to clearly address SW Parking questions, when the absence of basic accounting principles are so obvious. It's no secret that there's a push to increase the police budget, and that police were used to enforce/manage the program. Not claiming there's a link, but the perception is there -- just fair questions for the City to address, in the spirit of sound, project management principles.

    Recall, detailed SW accounting questions were deferred from prior Leaders, citing lack of enough data to make informed decisions. They now have 1-yr of data (or enough data in-hand to make reasonable, forward-looking projections -- which is routine practice for successful project management).