Apple Valley is a desert community 110 miles from the ocean. Yet the Council has invited folks to go sailing without disclosing their current position, that there is no (qualified) captain, no compass, no area charts, no rudder, and no paddles, let alone a seaworthy ship. The council members speak to us from dark rooms, stoically reading from a script someone else prepared that asks for $7 million in additional taxes. What is the embarkation fee per adult, and is there a senior discount?
The Town Manager upon arrival stated he did not want anyone looking over his shoulder and did not want any forensic audit. Recently the state audit of the $9 million Gas Tax Prop 1B Fund received for a bridge got his rave “clean audit” and a wave. A close review of the 16-page report reveals several deficiencies that needed to be reported to the state audit team. The TOAV still has no independent auditor; no one to say “cut spending.”
The Council says they want to utilize instruments to make way toward a lighthouse in this latest proposal to spend more money. The Town Manager is not seen in this picture, but maybe he is just waving from a safe harbor.
This vessel is sinking from debt and spending in excess of General Fund revenues and it appears that Council, as crew, is bailing with only coffee cups. Can we christen this ship the “Rusty Hulk” as it sinks from debt and spending? Did I hear a quiet voice from staff saying in public “We can’t afford more debt”? Where are the transparency and disclosure of all the facts?
Al Rice, Apple Valley