It is interesting how the city directors and the city administrator just briefly reviewed the decline in revenues, without really addressing many of the real issues. Sure they could discuss the convention center, the forgiving of hundreds of thousands of dollars lost to non-profits, untimely billing, etc. Or they could have discussed the private parks the city operates or the bloated department budgets when compared to Fayetteville and other nearby, comparable cities. But what the article, along with the SWTR’s article brought out were surface issues. For instance, Director Kevin Settle said he’d like to see department heads institute further cost-saving measures by saying, “it could be as simple as changing where you get your paper from or where you get your towels from”. Is this the same Kevin Settle who ignores the competitive bidding process, and recently swayed the other directors to go along with him and allow the losing bidder to actually win the contract, costing the taxpayers more money, for servicing city uniforms because the uniforms felt better. Let’s be clear Kevin, are you saying competitive bidding doesn’t work, but purchasing cheaper paper and cheaper towels does?
Your Region is not set.