Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bravo Mayor Dickert Let's keep First Fridays rolling.

Thanks to Mayor Dickert for meeting with the spokesperson from First Friday's.  We had some consternation again this year about keeping the event and the booze free-flowing from 6-9.  For the past 7 years those "rules" have been set aside so that folks can come down and enjoy the street scape camaraderie,  shops, bands and more.  This event has grown to be the biggest, most successful event in our city's recent history.  A few grouchy folks have tried to be the "turd in the punch-bowl" and stop the party.  Thanks to the Mayor, the Police Chief and others of recognizing our great contribution to our cities success and future.  It's time to expand this event to EVERY Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day..this merchant and a few others I have spoken with, will stay open so lets get this happening!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Is Racine City Govt over staffed?

A blogger "Business Week" did some research this week on Kenosha vs. Racine City Govt. spending and staffing his findings are noteworthy.
Kenosha Pop.   99,000      Annual Budget   199, Million     Full Time Empl.  740

Racine Pop.     79,000       Annual Budget   193 Million       Full Time Empl. 775

So lets review the above info.  Kenosha has 25% more citizens yet spends only 6 million dollars (3%) more than Racine?   Further: Spending per taxpayer in Kenosha 2,100.00 per year and Racine it's $2,440.00 per citizen? Kenosha is also geographically about 35% larger than Racine, with more roads, parks etc. Now it is true that our Water taste better. but does it taste $340.00 per citizen better? I don't think so. Lets dig a bit deeper.  The number of city employees in Racine is 5% HIGHER in Racine with 25% less "customers" to serve!  I have rec'd info. that Racine does have 200-500 seasonal and part time employees as well, and I am awaiting figures from Kenosha in regards to their PT staffing levels. Last night at City Hall a spokesperson for CRG of Racine (me) asked for "Our" City Administrator to meet with the CA of Kenosha and compare notes on where the costs and staffing levels of their govt. seem to be so much more efficient than ours. Mr. Friedel go earn your paycheck, and prove your value, and report back to CRG with results!   CRG is open to meeting with Mayor and Alderman with suggestions to help reduce Racine's City spending to around  $160 million per year. Lose the 35-150 extra employees for starters.