The check register in the latest City Council agenda packet has inspired nominations for the first Monthly Expenditures of Distinction Award.
Expenditures of Distinction — Disdain Division
YoD is a very strong contender. Not only is the expense itself a breathtaking extension of city government’s middle finger to struggling families, it has already cost more than Genoa’s skating rink.
Expenditures of Distinction — Hall of Shame Division
The Finance Office now omits the names of the employees & legislators who take advantage of the 50/50 wellness program gym benefit, even though I did not name Victor Wogen when I criticized the expenditures for a council member family of four during the budget hearings.
Expenditures of Distinction — Sacred Cow Division
Expenditures of Distinction — Public Safety Siphon Division
The City of Sycamore pays $60,000 per year for all their routine legal services plus, if memory serves, $200 an hour for nonroutine tasks such as annexation agreements. The City of DeKalb budgeted $462,000 for its legal department in FY2009 (p. 55) and still required pricey outside help, in fact to the tune of about $16,000 just for the past six months (not including the usual administrative hearing fees).