I've expanded my participation, in attending Government meeting to include Bethlehem City and School Board meetings. It will take some time to get up too speed.
Last nights meeting was dominated by three issues.
The first being the Cities Ice Skating Rink. This rink has been in existence for some 50 years and needs some work. It was stated that the rink made a profit of 150,000 last season. If the council was spending 150,000 on the rink I would not question the expenditure. But, in fact they are spending 745,000 on these repairs and upgrades.
The next issue is the need for additional parking on Main street. The cost being between 50,000 and 200,000 depending on the scope of the project. It looks like the parking will be cut back to spend the monies on the Skating rink.
The last issue is the "borrowing" of 5.8 Mil.. They tried to explain that they have been paying down dept.and taking a shorter term. But, they are still Borrowing money.
I had thought the County had problems spending money. They don't hold a candle to the City.
The School board should really be interesting.
Tony Simao who is a member of our group has been filming the City meeting for some time. His you tube posting is on our site under his name.
spending not revenue is the problem