The Mayor Says the Analysis of Her Administration’s 2013 Budget Process is Unfounded
She says she didn’t know what they’d ask for.
During the Municipal Recovery Financial Committee Meeting on September 26th, Mayor Linda Thompon lambasted media and public scrutiny of her Administration’s Preliminary 2013 Budget process. Previously, the Administration conducted a mandatory public review. During the 5-day process, directors and managers of each City department came before the Finance Bureau to present their draft budgets for 2013.
Remarkable requests included multiple directors asking for increased travel and conference expenses, a scissor lift to clean City Hall’s windows, a water park, a green roof, snacks for the Mayor’s Office, and a Communications Director.
In response to public outcry over these preliminary requests, the Mayor declared she has not yet decided her final 2013 Budget and that all requests were completely at the free whim of her directors. “I allow them to own that leadership,” she defended. She contended that her Administration’s department requests are not per her direction.
In defense of the process, the Mayor explained that the Preliminary Budget will now be reviewed by her as she one by one brings the directors in front of her to tell them “the real part of the life” and begins to make cuts to balance the budget she will formally present to City Council in November.
Click here to see the Requested 2013 Budget.
Roxbury News video of the Mayor at the meeting: Municipal Financial Recovery Advisory Committee: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson_____”It’s all nothing but exaggeratory conversations.” (Part 1)
For more details on the Preliminary 2013 Budget, see “City of Harrisburg’s 2013 Budget”