Sunday, March 17, 2013

Arlington's FY 14 Budget, Another Fiscal Train Wreck




Hey, Yupette,

I've been attending the County Board - County Manager FY14 Budget work sessions and it's obvious that the FY14 Budget is going to be another fiscal train wreck, with several hundred million again going to the County Board's pet vanity projects, recreation, entertainment, and sports as in years past, while the essentials will be shorted again. Always money to be found from mid-year revenue projections to pay for cost overruns related to sports, recreation, and entertainment programs and projects this year, or be carried over to next year. Apparently it doesn't matter what Congress does and does not do to the federal budget, the County Board has it's fiscal autopilot set on tax-borrow-spend again.

2100-too

28 Comments:

At 17 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agenda Item 10 - March 16th County Board Meeting: Approve an increase of $186,150 for architectural services related to Longbridge Park playground.

 
At 17 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agenda Item 11 - March 16th County Board Meeting: Approve a total contract authorization of approximately $4.5 million for structural repairs to the parking deck on the 8th level of the Ballston Public Parking Garage, to benefit the Washington Capitals Hockey Team.

 
At 17 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know how much "walking around money" the County Board and County employee VIPs get to spend during U.S.S Arlington Commissioning Extravaganza?

 
At 17 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least $100,000....squirrled away in various multi-year accounts.

 
At 18 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Squirrel away? Parks and Rec VIP employee claimed at last Thursday's budget work session she's squirreling away money to pave another park with a synthetic playing field.

 
At 18 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agenda Item 13 - Funding Request for Neighborhood Conservation(NC) Program Projects: Approve $2,514,204 for five neighborhood infrastructure projects like street lighting. The cost of the bureaucracy that oversees the NC program exceeds the funds dedicated to neighborhood projects.

 
At 18 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this blog. Where are the so-called 'fiscal conservatives' and 'taxpayer advocates'? They are certainly not at County Board meetings speaking out about waste, mismanagement, and fraud.

 
At 18 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they're moonlighting as "associates" at Healthy Companies International, providing "consulting services" for the REITS and the VIP corporations like Dominion and Vornado.

 
At 18 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are dozens of County employees providing 'consulting services' on the sly, frequently from 2100 between 9 and 5.

 
At 18 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reitsfuhrer Chris Zimmerman sets the example.

 
At 18 March, 2013 , Anonymous 2100 also said...

How about that County Board - County Manager budget work session with Parks and Rec this afternoon? Taking $$$ from environmental education and giving the $$$ to recreation.

 
At 18 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone mention the U.S.S. Arlington? Recessed County Board Meeting March 19m 2013: Agenda Item 27 - Transfer of $50,000 from General Revenue Funds to the Navy League to construct a Tribute Room aboard the U.S.S Arlington.

 
At 18 March, 2013 , Anonymous Washington Post, March 18th said...

"Sequester casts pall on area's job market"

 
At 18 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest from 2100...money will be moved to the Artisphere from at least a dozen multi-year accounts to keep it going.

 
At 19 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it bother you that the County Board spends $700,000 without a thought on renovating a synthetic surface soccer field while ignoring the security concerns of people who live next door to the new homeless shelter, the residents who live next to the closed Harris Teeter in Potomac Yards, the residents who want to see more, not less, tax revenue spent on environmental education?

 
At 19 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much does Mary Hynes's PLACE Propaganda Initiative cost Arlington Taxpayers? You know, the Yups get to party until they puke in Mary's neighborhood while the adult residents are supposed to be nicey-nice, tolerant, understanding, and so on.

 
At 19 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was under the impression that there would be NO public funding of anything directly related to the U.S.S Arlington. How much have all the U.S.S. Arlington events already cost Arlington taxpayers?

 
At 19 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adults have been complaining about the Yups partying in Whitlows Mary's neighborhood for years.

 
At 19 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Mary's neighbors are supposed to be civil and understanding while the Yups pee, puke, and pass out on their front lawns.

I also would like to know how much Mary's PLACE propaganda is costing us.

 
At 19 March, 2013 , Anonymous Irish Guy said...

FYI, PLACE was secretly organised and funded by the British Government as a social control organisation for Northern Ireland.

 
At 19 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLACE is becoming another big Arlington government bureaucracy. How much is it costing us? Civility? Why doesn't Mary Hynes start with her own neighborhood. The St. Patrick's Day drunk and disorderly incidents in Clarendon this year were the worst ever.

 
At 19 March, 2013 , Anonymous retired USN enlisted said...

U.S.S. Arlington Tribute Room? Will likely evolve into the U.S.S. Arlington Enlisted Crew Romantic Activities Room.

 
At 19 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: How much are they paying off the bond rating agencies to look the other way?

 
At 19 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to dismantle all their b---s--- do-nothing bureaucracies that are run by non-residents and cost us tens of millions every year.

 
At 19 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about today's CB Recessed Meeting where Libby Garvey went after Reitsfuhrer Chris Zimmerman regarding his bogus $1 million Pike bus shelter that won't protect Pike Riders from a half baked rainstorm.

 
At 20 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dismantle the PLACE bureaucracy, aka Hynes's Ignore the Sheeple Program. Use the $$$ to pave my street.

 
At 20 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

One million dollars for a stupid looking bus shelter that doesn't shelter riders. How many hundreds of millions is the stupid streetcar going to cost?

 
At 20 March, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every ADDITIONAL bus shelter on the Pike will cost about $1 million.

 

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