Niagara Gazette — And three, the Seneca casino funds, along with any likely sales tax revenue increases in the future, may be far less that what they were in the past; given that Native gaming in New York state will shift from being a novelty/specialty, and continue as just another common commodity. That’s why the governor was successful in getting statewide gaming that exempts the Niagara Frontier.
Are the council and the mayor doing their jobs?
It doesn’t seem like it to others and me. We are a ‘city’, and every budget should be made based upon a budgetary projection that trends out as far as twenty, ten and five years into the future. We know that we can do it, or at least pretend to do so, based upon building a nearly $40 million dollar train station that is supposedly based upon an increase of train ridership that far out. While I don’t agree with the station, at least it is a projection. Likewise, if at any time that we have to dip into reserves for operating costs, then we know that we have failed to properly meet budgetary trends.
But, before we can ‘fix’ the budget, or the need for a financial restructuring board, or to get the necessary vote for a financial restructuring, we first have to understand why the restructuring vote failed to pass.
Maybe it is the personalities of those involved, thinking that they can learn city management in the length of time that they have been there — without carefully studying the issue; or, perhaps it is merely political expediency.
Or maybe, and I have to ask the question, was it because of the mayor’s arrogance, or the council’s ignorance, or was it from a condition of which I often suffer (in addition to sometimes the aforementioned traits) — the misunderstanding that people already know and understand what I know and understand.