OK, this is it. If February 2008 is typical for these expenses, we the taxpayers foot a $30,000 annual bill to keep city employees hydrated with coffee, water and soda. Just sayin’, if there is a city budget crisis–and it better be for them to even mention new taxes during an economic downturn–maybe people drink from the tap (we pay for water softener salt, too) and bring some of the refreshments from home.

We paid 17.50 per new employee for nice engraved nameplates from Nathan Winston Services. We sprang for pizza. Again, is this a crisis or not?!

I want you to know that I sacrificed the opportunity to mow the lawn today to bring this news to you. (The big dog and I had a really nice long walk this afternoon, though, as we tried to work off our winter/bloggers’ butts. Well actually just mine. What a perfect day.)