4.28.2011

Mayor Gives An Exiting* "State Of The City" Column


And maybe I'm reading too much into his column, but this sounds like a full blown crisis. No cash reserve, not running a balanced budget since 2005, an electrical department that needs upgrades and is "hemorrhaging cash" , and the list goes on.
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*Oops. Make that an "End Of The First Year" Column.  My Bad.

35 comments:

Mr. Mike Honcho said...
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Rage said...

many wedge

/wordkyle on


Wedge issue? What's a wedge issue? I've never heard of such a thing? Please explain what a wedge issue is?

Hey, by the way, did you hear Muslim immigrants are coming here to get pregnant so they can get visas, but then they're having abortions at planned parenthood while refusing to stand for the pledge and say they love Jesus?

/wordkyle, off

The Devil said...

I would have to say if I were a citizen of Bridgeport I would certainly appreciate the transparency from my city leader. Albeit, he seems to take to heart the Obamaesque tactic of placing all blame on those who he replaced without offering any real solutions!

db said...

Where is the mayor going? I have never heard of someone who is leaving writing an exiting column before. But I'll admit: it was an exciting exiting column.

Anonymous said...

He has listed and brought to attention many solutions

gamma sue said...

Perhaps if the city was savvy and let the slowly dying hospital die its inevitable death, the city of B'port could move on and once again gain some prosperity as well as some respect.

Answers? I don't know the questions. said...

Where does it say that he is exiting?

Anonymous said...

Dude, get the he'll gone ! We definitely don't want your arse here. N go back to that great city life.

Anonymous said...

Confession from the mayor? Well, it seemed very heartfelt, but where the heck has the city council been in all of this? Don't they get financial reports or do they just vote "yea" on what is put before them?

Something is very crazy here.

Anonymous said...

I don't particularly care for the man myself, but I do believe he is trying to straighten out some junk that has gone on and on. We need to quit buying up expensive real estate that we can't afford and don't need, and do something about our electrical rates. We are loosing all kinds of folks to our community because of it. WAKE UP, BRIDGEPORT!

Anonymous said...

8:14- What are you talking about? Try reading your post before you press enter.

Anonymous said...

8:37am

The council has been in the thick of it. Working with the Mayor, City Staff and employees on, and executing, actions and solutions to the problems mentoined in the column.

Shame that didn't get mentioned in the opinion column, huh?

Anonymous said...

Ol Smokin Don did a fine job during his tenure.

Anonymous said...

9:53
Well it sounds like to me the past city council is one of the primary reasons we are in this mess. I am certain they are the ones who voted on approving it and the mayor only votes if there is a tie. Therefore, the power on most of this is held by the council. Unfortunately there hasn't been much turnover on the council.

With that being said I think he is calling them out as well. Way to go for him!!! There needs to be accountability.

Anonymous said...

Also there weren't any solutions really mentioned. I think that is the reason for the article. Nobody seems to see the situation for what it is. Disaster!!!!

Anonymous said...

gamma sue...your solution means nothing. The hospital money is already spent. Did you not read that they were trying to renegotiate the terms of the bond?

You don't have to read between the lines much to figure out the mayor thinks the administrator is the problem,

Anonymous said...

I think Bridgeport should make Bowie, Texas it's twin city slut sister - they both have crappy hospitals and city owned electric municipalities. Bowie Memorial Hospital is near death and their solution is to tax all property owners of Bowie ISD, Sunset and Forestburg 40 cents on the $100 of property value. The vote is on the May 14 ballot. If any of you Wise Guys own property in those three areas of Southern Gawd's Country, get ready for a tax increase just two cents short of the entire county budget. See what letting incompetent people run your bidness gets you? Nothing, but more taxes.

Anonymous said...

11:04 - agreed!....that man also has a keen sense of hearing.......listens to himself talk on and on and on and on - saying nothing significant.

......stand by for a dose of critic Gerald Groves on this latest mess in Bridgeport. He's been trying to expose City government for years.

His time has finally come, it appears.

Anonymous said...

I think the transparency is good and as a citizen of Bridgeport, I have no problem with what the Mayor is doing here. There is a bit of finger pointing going on, but if you are providing a "state of...." type of update, it's hard not to at least make sure that the audience is aware of how we got into the mess that we are in.

Not sure if this was necessarily a column to present options, as much as it was a column to provide an update. I'm hopeful that the solutions are being put on the table during the council meetings.

Anonymous said...

McComis spent twenty years helping add to the current problem and now tries to be the hero. Typical.

Anonymous said...

3:26: Read the actual column. When he left the council five years ago, the budget was balanced and there were plenty of reserves.

Anonymous said...

When he left the council before, the budget was balanced and we had cash reserves.

Anonymous said...

3:26
I guess if you read the article you would see that when he left the council things were in really good shape. Money in the reserve fund, had a balanced budget and things of that nature.

Don't think he is trying to be a hero but more so trying to let the citizens know that things are fixing to be really ugly. I also think the intentions of the letter were to encourage people to get up off their lazy butt and find out exactly what is going on.

However, most will be like 3:26 and just sit back playing arm chair quarterback doing nothing but running his mouth.

Anonymous said...

When McComis left the city was not in this shape.they were financiall sound

Anonymous said...

So you all think the city was finacially sound when McComis left five years ago. He knew what was coming. Big positions, big salaries, let's be a little Frisco and on and on. Apparently you folks were sucking the tails of the all high and mighties which think they are the shiznit in Bridgeport. Guess that is why you are so defensive to know what was really going on then and still going on now. Five years ago the oil field was a lot better and they all jumped on the bandwagon with tax breaks and assisted bill payment for the super thriving hotels which can't stay full and so on. Keep on sucking the McComis arse and you will eventually get to taste shiznit but you probably already have.

Anonymous said...

You think Bridgeport has it bad? I feel sorry for the soon to be mayor and new council members in Alvord. It will take years to clean up the mess the present "leaders" have left behind.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...City of Bport employees that are on call 24/7 used to have a 'cell phone allowance' of $60 each month. This "nonsense" was replaced with a pre-paid $60 a month cell phone provided by the City of Bridgeport with 400 minutes each month. Any minute over results in $2 each minute....nice, right?

City employees have not received a raise in 2 years and were told they would not receive a cost of living increase for at least another 2 years.

City employees benefits cost an employee, family and children (Bridgeport pays for the employee) $662 each month.

2 BPD officers have resigned in the last 2 months and the Mayor/ City Manager will not approve hiring replacements for each officer, but overtime is not allowed because of the current budget shortage. There's 1 less on the street now folks so speed away, they've reduced your odds of getting a ticket.

The hospital owes the City of Bridgeport over $40,000 in unpaid electricity bills.

What a joke and shame on you Mr. Mayor, Mr. City Manager and City Council members...it's a sad state of affairs in Bridgeport and I'm guessing it's going to get much worse.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who would vote for anyone on the current city needs their head examined.I can see the city advertizing for help.Come to work for us and get free gas if you live outside the city.If you are in the city you get a credit card.Why wasn't someting done about the abuse?Groves is a damm site smarter than anyone on the council it's just his negatative atitude that keeps him from being useful.DAGO

Anonymous said...

10:12 - right on about Gerald Groves. Those who have taken the time to actually converse with him find him incredibly intelligent - yes, his negativity does get in the way of discovering that. Regrettably.

Anonymous said...

9:49

The only reason Bridgeport can't keep good Officers at the police department is the Administration. You have a retired Police chief on payroll, a young Asst. Chief who runs everyone off and threatens those who do try to leave. The pay is not the only issue. Council needs to get a new Police Administration and bring the level of service back up. Bet if they polled the Officers below supervisor rank, they would vote no confidence in current Administration. Try that and be in awe. But at least the dopers will be happy the PD doesn't have a drug dog now.

Anonymous said...

9:49.......sounds like an ex disgruntled employee who doesnt know shit......see ya WH!!!

Anonymous said...

Gas allowances were stopped long ago. Employees do not have credit cards that they can go use willy nilly. They have credit cards to consolidate multiple POs into on statement at the end of the month. That saves you a ton of transactions and PRs. That is your city being more efficient believe it or not. Every purchase still has to be approved.

Of course, it sounds much more RACY if you don't tell the full story.

And, there isn't a budget shortage. There is a balanced budget that was put together by City Staff and Mayor and Council. And the City is performing within the current budget. Wow... isn't that a terrible thing? /sarcasm

Re: Gerald Groves, the conspiracy man extrodinaire... if he is such a great man, what has he EVER done for Bridgeport that is positive? Please, just list one thing that did not involve negativity. Lives are measured by the sum total of the work. I don't believe he has anything in his "plus" column. Just a ton in the negative. Give me more epeople who quietly go about making Bridgeport a better place without egos, opinion columns, or sitting in the peanut gallery.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the City of Bridgeport....where your electricity bill is as much as your mortgage payment & your streets have more holes than swiss cheese; yes, we're loosing officers, but pretty boy is on the job; as for the budget, you be the judge, it IS public record, that includes who gets paid what. Decatur has their budget on the website, why not Bridgeport? As with most city council they want to fix what CAN be seen, we can see what all is broke, so just imagine what is broke that we cant see.

Anonymous said...

7:14pm, why dont you be the judge? The annual budget is available for review by citizens prior to voting on by the council. It is reviewed monthly at council meetings. And, available anytime you want to schedule an appt.

Of course, its easier to not go get involved and sit back and complain.

Anonymous said...

Why does it always turn into something involving the officers. One left and they probably didnt care to lose him and the second left for a better paying jkb that the city wouldnt even have been able to match if the bugdet was great