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Ray Rannfeldt

March 9, 2018

March 11, 2018
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor,

This is an excerpt from our City Council's January meeting. It speaks for itself but I will clarify it a bit after you read the excerpt.

After much discussion, Muller moved to approve the lower premium, Blue Cross (HMO) Silver 3600 plan and have the employees continue paying 10% of the premium, increase the city's HSA contributions to $3,000 for a single and $6,000 for a family policy,

Muller moved to issue the lump sum of $180,000 to the daycare ...

The council worked on the FY18/19 budget. Currently there is a shortfall of $53,259 in the General Fund from what was requested and what is projected to be received. Council cut redoing the floor in the fire station office, cut the library to $85,000, cut the amount allocated to repairing the cemetery driveway, cut resurfacing the pool slide and just allowed repainting the zero entry lines instead of the entire pool. These numbers will be reworked. Muller moved to give the city employees a 3% raise for FY18/19, seconded by Larsen. 4 ayes. Motion carried.

Let's see if I got this straight. At the beginning of the January City Council meeting there is a unanimous vote to give the daycare another $180,000.00. Then, later in the meeting, the council decides to make further cuts to city departments, including the fire department, because there isn't enough money in the city coffers to meet expenses. Then, as if they just can't spend the money the city does not have fast enough, they vote to give everyone a raise. Even as I write this I cannot believe the absurdity of this whole thing. I have never thought our council stupid, just not focused on the right things. But now, after learning of the results of January's meeting, I can only conclude they collectively are irrational and totally detached from reality. What else can you conclude when on one hand they admit there is a money problem for the city by cutting city budgets still further and on the other hand they give away money that isn't there? I don't know why this shocked me so much because I have witnessed our council's failure to understand the city's needs over and over again. Maybe this time, seeing it in writing as I did in the meeting minutes, I was just stunned. Oh, don't worry, I will get over it just in time for the council's next meetings where, I am sure, they will demonstrate their inability to do things that make sense.


Ray Rannfeldt




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