(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.
Mayor Andy Gardner
(AND THEY ARE CONTEMPLATING ANOTHER PROPERTY TAX INCREASE IN NOVEMBER!!!!! SAY IT AIN’T SO ANDY. WE WILL ADD YOU TO THE GROWING LIST OF POLITICIANS AND BUREAUCRATS THAT ARE PRICING SENIORS OUT OF THEIR HOMES WITH THE EVER-INCREASING PROPERTY TAXES.)