Annual tradition: fantasy budget cuts

In case you are new here, every year Kirby comes up with “fat” that we can trim from the budget (also Tony and Billy, but mostly Kirby) in the form of unicorn and rainbows amendments. He proposes a bunch of stuff without knowing really what this money does or what happens when we take it away. Like today when we tried to cut the money for library staff at Walkersville and Myersville. Oopsie-daisy-dummy. (Failed) Sometimes he has to pull his own amendments because he didn’t know what they were. Weird how that happens.

Just as long as you don’t become the County Executive, do whatever.

We breezed onto the scene right about the time Billy tried to suspend the rules and let The Yellow T-Shirt Brigade take over. We expected shenanigans and malarkey, because Billy was involved, but in reality this was the Career Firefighters’ Association, and their presence there and contributions everywhere are very much appreciated by Local Yokels and all of our friends everywhere. We are very pleased that our assumptions are wrong, because they were somewhat dark, based upon Billy’s Twitter feed and the black hole of intellect that can drag a yokel into. On the upside, Billy Shreve’s State Senate page only has 35 likes, so we may be free of his torment soon.

Something like this scene occurred (text transcript)

Kirby just got petulant because they don’t want to cut $$ for MET to go do theater programs at schools with high percent FARM (that’s free and reduced meals, if you don’t know the lingo) lunch kids because they had no problem voting down a quarter mil for Classical Charter.
M.C.’s reply: We haven’t voted on that yet.
Kirby: Well, the last two years!
Yokel text: Oh my God. You know what we should do? Find the post we wrote about his amendments last year and see if it matches up. Just to prove what a dead horse beater he is!
Man, oh man. Even the broken sidewalk budget cuts are part of the historical record! (Tonight Kirby explained that he had made a handshake deal with the mayor of Emmitsburg and he’s going to split the cost of the sidewalk repairs. M.C. was as uncomfortable as we would have been not knowing whether or not Mr. Mayor had agreed to this, but Jerry counseled that it was Kirby’s D and if he didn’t want to fix the sidewalks one way or the other, that would be his problem in the end. So fine. That all works out spiffy.)
But enough about Kirby, because Tony Chmelik got in a complete snit over $45,000 for an administration position in the Office of Economic Development. Since they’ve been doing a grand old job, even though they haven’t filled a position, but have needed to for four years, it’s obviously fine to continue overworking people there who are covering that shift, so to speak. Surely nobody who is doing extra work all the damn time will find a new job where they don’t have to put up with that. Right, Billy and Kirby? Suggestion: you volunteer your time, just like teachers do when they are grading and planning and documenting after school and on weekends, and sacrifice pay for being useless human bookends to the council since you apparently earn money for other things that you do in life. The pay of two marginally sentient council persons will cover one administrator in the OED. Problem solved! Also, tons of egregious mansplaining from Tony Chmelik here. The Lady Yokels felt that Helen Propheter was a particular heroine tonight, because who wants to be treated like that IN PUBLIC for their job? Nobody. Billy and Kirby also had “contributions” to this discussion in the form of: won’t we need to build all the houses you keep telling us to stop approving? NO. The answer is no. Some people already live here and could work closer to home, and would even like that. Question: what if we just made Jefferson TECH Park make the leap from fiction to nonfiction?
Jessica is a hero tonight, over and over again. Every time Kirby and Tony tried to snip, snap the budget she jumped in, diplomatically, like an excellent teacher, to guide them toward the information showing that they are so very, very wrong. For all her hard work this evening we present her the following award:
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We are also happy to report that Bud landed on the side of county employees by helping to defeat Kirby and Tony’s austerity amendments. Nice to see you back on the team, Bud!

3 thoughts on “Annual tradition: fantasy budget cuts

  1. I attended the CCM MEETING at 7pm. I was the only one in the room to speak. However, this was all about Kirby’s attempt to campaign and paint Jan as a tax and spend leader. He even accused Jan of accepting a large unethical contribution from COMCAST. A large contribution of $500.( LOL) If that’s large, I’d hate to listen to him about fishing and the large one got away. Similar to his attempt to become our County Executive, that’s gonna get away too. When he was on the BOCC, he had no problem with Blaine’s budget especially when Blaine gave his own business called Marketing Services a $70,000 contract using a budget amendment (Smith, Shreve, Delauter voted “yes”, with the only “no” vote being Gray). That voting pattern occurred 90% of every vote action that the BOCC took. That’s why it took only10 minutes to approve some(most) of the 14 DRRA’S that offered the county no “PUBLIC BENEFIT?.” In the end of 2013, Jan announced she was running for CE in 2013, and had $45,000 in her campaign treasury. Two weeks later, Blaine announced his run for Governor with over $700,000 in funding from the developers who had just had their DRRA’S approved. I beg everyone to watch the last BOCC meeting on 11/24/2014 starting at the 45 minute mark of an 1 1/2 hour meeting where Blaine resigned as BOCC President and that voting pattern reared its’ ugly head, and they appointed him to the Frederick County Planning Commission where he continued to serve for 5 months to continue to use his influence to help the developers. Please don’t believe me and, go to FCGTV archived videos and decide for yourselves. (Page 2 of the video archives) It truly incredible to see them in action.

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