Willoughby Hills Politicians…tax, spend, tax, spend, repeat as needed

(LFC Comments:  We are pleased to welcome another contributor to our website.  We thank the Willoughby Hills News for this article.  It looks like the Mayor of Willoughby Hills has a spending problem.)


At last night’s council meeting Council voted to raise resident garbage fees as proposed by Mayor Andy Gardner by a vote of 5-2.  Chris Hallum, Michael Kline, Joe Jarmuszkiewicz, Tanya Taylor Draper, and Dan Knecht all supported the fee increase, while Nancy Fellows and Janet Majka voted no.

Fellows and Majka requested the Mayor use city funds to pay for the increase, about $35,000.  Fellows said that residents are already burdened by recent tax increases and decreases in city services, and many are suffering the economic hardship due to coronavirus. City funds were used to operate the brush drop-off that Mayor Gardner closed and no announcement has been made how the funds used for the closed facility will be used in the future.

Mayor Gardner, whose 2020 budget increased city spending by almost a million dollars over the previous year and plans to put another property tax levy on the ballot in November, did not approve of using city funds to offset the increase to residents. (emphasis added by LFC)

This latest increase in garbage rates is the third increase in rates in less than a year.


(LFC Comments:  Wow, garbage pickup is becoming big business in Willoughby Hills. We need to start revealing the financial statements for the City of Willoughby Hills.  Wonder if they have a “rainy day” fund?  Would not be surprised if it is in excess of $1 million.  Let’s expose the salaries being paid and the revenue generated in the last five years versus the expenditures for the same period.   Lets show the taxpayers the truth.  Anyone want to file a record’s request?…We can show you how, and can even help you analyze the numbers.

Andy Gardner                                                                              Mayor Andy Gardner

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Categories: Lake County Cities & Townships, Uncategorized, Willoughby Hills


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  9. Please do. Make sure to ask how much the taxpayers have paid her for cash reimbursements, longevity pay, uniform allowance, Cadillac health plan, pension pick-ups, health claims not covered by insurance. Might want to take a look at her crazy union contract, the crazy unfair labor practice claims her union filed against the taxpayers and self-written job description to for a good laugh (although the amount of money her insanity has caused the taxpayers isn’t particularly funny).

  10. Secretary $100,000 per year….looks like a records request is needed….stay tuned

  11. Not surprising. This guy is in bed with Steve Thompson and promoted the recent massive WE property tax hike with pro-levy signs on city property and his Mercedes. He’s been Thompson’s lackey for a long time as a member or the West end Y board which built their new facility courtesy of the massive WE bond levy a few years ago. He’s going to need to raise city taxes to keep paying himself his $50,000 part-time salary and paying his secretary over $100,000 a year.

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