As I was following Scoops live blog of this week’s town council meeting, I felt like I was at the carnival playing the shell game. You know, the one where the sleazy guy puts a bead under one of three Styrofoam cups then moves it around really fast then you get to pick one and you are always wrong.
I did the following post back on October 24th https://viewfromanobody.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/budget-woes/ At that time we were told that we were looking down the barrel of a 10.8% property tax increase to cover the budget shortfall.
So how did that suddenly end up being a $2.3 million surplus for 2013 per Scoops EB article http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/2013/12/17/town-council-big-surplus-anticipated-for-2013 Someone who knows better than me told me that now equates to a 9.2% tax relief if applied to the 2014 budget, meaning they could start with a 1.6% increase and cut.
So what is going on here people? As Shakespeare once said “Something smells rotten in Denmark”.
Remember what I said at the end of this post https://viewfromanobody.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/more-budget-woes/ I will remind you:
“But for the immediate future you will be seeing a lot of smoke and mirrors while they try and get through next year’s municipal election.”