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Cd'A passes financial plan

New draft trimmed about $1 million from previous figure

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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 12:15 am

COEUR d'ALENE - It's approved.

The city of Coeur d'Alene adopted its $72.7 million fiscal year 2013 budget Tuesday, passing the plan four votes to three.

The newer draft trims around $1 million from the high-water proposal that the City Council adopted a month ago.

Besides the property tax reduction, the budget took away the 3 percent cost of living increases for the city's 348 full-time equivalent positions. Negotiations are still ongoing with the three bargaining agencies, City Finance Director Troy Tymesen said, but two of the three have verbally agreed to take a 0 percent increase.

"The groups have been very cooperative. I don't want to take anything away from that," Tymesen said. "They've always done what they said they would do."

The budget also includes $65,000 for a contracted communications position where a part-time contractor would share city information in a variety of print and online mediums. Around $45,000 of it would be for wages.

A motion by City Councilman Dan Gookin to remove the position from the budget - as well as several other line items like $16,000 for East Sherman Avenue -failed four votes to three before the budget was approved by the same tally.

"We need to get facts out to the public," Mayor Sandi Bloem said on the need for the communications position, pointing to topics like the McEuen Field project that were constantly being discussed around the community for more than a year.

Any other $70 million enterprise or business has a communications position, and the city should too, she said, especially since a retiring employee used to handle some of the communications load. "We need to sell our product every single day," Bloem said.

Council members Steve Adams and Gookin opposed the budget in part for the 2 percent property tax raise. Councilman Ron Edinger didn't support it because of money in it allocated toward the McEuen Field project.

Council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers and Deanna Goodlander approved the budget, and Bloem split the tie, as she has done all year since the council divided after the November election.

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  • LTRLTR posted at 6:48 pm on Thu, Sep 6, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Sorry for spelling errors. I guess I am too tired. Have a good evening.

  • LTRLTR posted at 6:46 pm on Thu, Sep 6, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Lake City Development Corp., the City of Cda's urban renewal, will recieve all new property taxes (2%) within all the big chunks of property along Seltice Way, N.W. Blvd., and Sherman Ave. within the city limits.

    Do you think that perhaps Kennedy and Goodlander wants to make sure the urban renewal raise enough taxpayer money to fund the special McEuen Park pet project?

    Is it in the communities best interest to have a council member voting to raise property taxes that LCDC will recieve and have the same council member sitting on the LCDC board who will approve spending the same taxpayer money? Sounds like a huge conflict of interest to me.

    Council Member Goodlander voting for the city to go ahead and collect from property taxpayers, and then LCDC Board Member Goodlander voting on who will recieve the taxpayer money whether it is a private business or another public project? Could this be viewed as a kick back? Or what word would better decribe the double dipping?

  • LTRLTR posted at 6:24 pm on Thu, Sep 6, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    The Sept. 4 City of Coeur d'Alene held a public hearing for the proposed 2012/2013 city budget.

    Council Member Kennedy and Goodlander were the usual head-nodders and supported raising property taxes.

    Council Member Adams did not support raising property taxes at this time when so many are without jobs.

    Council Member Gookin suggested that there were items that could be removed from the budget that would reduce property taxes.

    Both Council Member's Kennedy and Goodlander was critical of the questions asked regarding the budget during a public meeting that was held just for that purpose. I hope every Citizen remembers this when these council members will be up for re-election next fall. These council members want to spend millions for a park and raise your property taxes 2% Who are they really representing?

  • cdasfuture posted at 10:48 am on Thu, Sep 6, 2012.

    cdasfuture Posts: 123

    As Mike K. stated at the council meeting, "With the exception of McEuen, (the public is very positive about the workings of the City.)"

    And then the 4 went ahead and voted to budget $65,000 @ $65 an hour to an already decided person to be a better communicator for them and get them on Facebook, among other things!!!

    With McEuen, they simply should have had the good graces to step back and make the necessary changes from "resort/condos" to "community". Then their track record would have survived.

  • cdasfuture posted at 9:52 am on Thu, Sep 6, 2012.

    cdasfuture Posts: 123

    I was so proud of Dan for sticking up for us and trying to reduce the budget at the council meeting! Deanna made it clear to all of us that she believes the CC is to be a rubber stamp for the budget that the department heads set. Mike was very rude to Dan regarding "now is not the time to go over line items...the way to get press...good theater..." THEN WHY IS THE PUBLIC ALLOWED TO COMMENT ON THE BUDGET BEFORE THE VOTE IS TAKEN?!!

    Everyone should watch the council meeting and view the way both Deanna and Mike respond to Dan as Dan works to represent us.

    Thank you Dan, Steve, and Ron for representing your constituency.

  • LTRLTR posted at 4:48 pm on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    "Sooooo it isn't just the McEuen Project that has our Council split. It's overall spending as well. Thank you Dan for attempting to reduce the budget. Thank you Ron and Steve for voting for fiscal conservatism"

    Very good comment Randy! I appreciate the new council members that they have the guts to ask the questions and offering suggestions for reducing taxes, instead of being head-nodders like Mayor Bloem, Council Members Kennedy, Goodlander, and McEvers.

  • bionic man posted at 4:06 pm on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    Got 3 more months of Blo-em and her 3 m's. If the people don't show up at the polls, you have no one to blame but yourselves. You can bet all Blo-em's financers are going to strong at the next election.

    Quote from Blo-em...." No new taxes will be put towards the MC FU project" guess what, the people of CDA are screwed for the next 20 years. Taxes will continue to rise at a rate that will exceed the federal deposit.

    As soon as I can sell my house, I'll be out of CDA. Move up north where the " witch" and here co-horts have no effect on me

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 3:38 pm on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    I guess the recall signature collector that said they were going to raise your taxes, was correct after all. I thought he was wrong at the time. And they Persecuted the poor guy for it.

  • IAMWOMAN posted at 3:16 pm on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    IAMWOMAN Posts: 56

    Tiresomely predictable at the CDA city council. I concur with Mr. Myers in thanking council representatives Gookin, Adams and Edinger who actually think independently of the Queen of City Hall. The wages earned by our city employee's are the kind of wages that the rest of us tax payers should be earning to afford the continued tax increases and ever increasing cost of living. It just never ends. Believe me, by the time I am done paying my conservative mortgage (I live in a simple house), utilities, food, vehicle expense, and the upkeep of the 2 kids at home, there is absolutely nothing left. The money I earn doesn't always cover the expenses of the pay period, so I have to economize. Can you say that, Madam Mayor - economize??? Make due with what you have, or better yet, make due with less. I would love to submit a request for salary increase to my employer to cover what my expenses are plus my desired landscaping of the backyard, or is it the front yard, plus a little extra just because. That is what the city is doing, submitting to the citizens the desire for more money, not for needs, but rather for wants. The pretty park in front of city hall and the condoland high rises are absolutely not needed. I hope all those anti-recallers are happy as clams to get their tax increase notice.

  • Rationale posted at 11:01 am on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    Rationale Posts: 1976

    If you truly believe it is the right thing to do, then why do you need to sell us on the idea?

    If you truly believed what you are doing is virtuous and right, then simply take a stand.

    That speaks louder than any bargain-basement, 1970's used-car salesperson tactic you can concoct!

    Of course, greed is always something that needs to be sold to the public...because you know it is wrong!

  • estatetracker posted at 9:36 am on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    estatetracker Posts: 385

    And there we have it: Over at the Spokesman in an article titled, "Makeover begins at Mckuen" a person can buy a photo of chain link fence with the remnants of a ball field in the background.

    I see that "selling our product everyday" has already caught on.

  • estatetracker posted at 9:05 am on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    estatetracker Posts: 385

    "We need to sell our product every day" (Mayor Bloem)

    Wow - I did not know I was living in a Product that was for sale, thanks for the insight.

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 7:59 am on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    That was the Lie they fought the recall over, but now the recall is over and dam the torpedoes, full spend ahead!

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:05 am on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    "Council members Steve Adams and Gookin opposed the budget in part for the 2 percent property tax raise. Councilman Ron Edinger didn't support it because of money in it allocated toward the McEuen Field project."

    This needs to be posted over and over again. I thought NO tax money was going to be used.

    Now will come jonny austin with his twisted facts,

    LIARS are the FAB4

  • DeNiles posted at 5:53 am on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Surprised? Exactly the head nodders expected to rubber stamp the deal - did. They'd sign their own death warrants if her majesty told them to.

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 3:40 am on Wed, Sep 5, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    If the city needs a Political Propagandist to better sell what it is doing, then maybe what it is doing is what needs the change. Unlike "other $70 million enterprise or business" that need to advertise what they are selling to beat out competition, the city has no competition to beat out, only opposition to beat down.

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