I have a nine year old daughter that is a very happy kid, always with a smile on her face and a joyous outlook on life. When my wife was laid off a few weeks ago, we sat her down and told her that things would be OK, that we wouldn’t end up in a soup line or out on the street. She actually was happy to see her mom home for a change and this week when she got Strep Throat, it was a blessing as my wife was able to take care of her 24/7.
Last night my daughter got a phone call from one of her classmates, her dad was laid off yesterday. Her friends family may have to move as they can’t afford to live in Keller. My daughter is crushed, she’s worried about her other friends, and the doubt is sinking into her thinking. We will sit her down again and explain to her best as we can what is going on with the economy and how we feel somewhat safe and try to ease her mind.
When she told me last night about her friends dad I had a sick feeling in my stomach. I’ve been there before. I’ve had to face the fact that I might not be able to pay my bills next week or next month.
This month starts the budget process for both the school board and the city of Keller. The elected officials in town need to realize that this economic crisis is hitting with1 in 12 people out of work, and the experts are predicting 1 in 10 by summer. My step daughter who graduated college in December is waiting tables because nobody is hiring.
All unnessesary spending needs to be cut out of the budget. The tax rate needs to stay the same, if not be lowered. I understand that revenues may be down, but it’s time to reflect on the people that are struggling to pay their bills in a time of crisis. Giving 10% raises to bureaucrats when you are running a budget deficit is stupid, and you will be held accountable.
Continue to do stupid things with your budgets and I promise that I will have people protesting outside of your meetings. If you don’t have the guts to look at the administrator that is proposing the budget and tell them to make further cuts, you need to resign now.
Yeah, this rant is a little over the top, but it’s how I feel. Enough is enough.