"The blog administrator does a good job alerting you to things that affect your well-being. But he and some of the people posting have also done you a disservice at times by getting you all worked up over half-truths, or complete UNtruths. Everyone is free to say whatever they want - that’s what blogs are all about after all.
Here are some truths:
Yes – there is a revenue shortfall. It has to be made up somehow.
BUT - It was the BOC who made sure, with the separate line item budget, that the police budget can’t be raided by the CEO every time he thinks he needs money. I’ll post the bill if you want to read it.
So NO – they can’t cut police, fire, Sheriff’s Dept, or courts.
YES – furloughs HAVE been discussed – but NOT for ANY first responders.
YES – BOC asked for Public Safety Director’s office and OneDekalb to be eliminated. Your beef is with the CEO, not the BOC, as to why they are both still there.
NO – unpaid holidays is not being considered.
YES – the BOC has recommended 200 job cuts this year, and more each year for the next 5 years. But NOT to first responders.
So what’s left? You said it. Cuts are always controversial, as are tax increases. WWYD?
The one you should be pointing your finger at is Burrell Ellis, not the BOC - who has fought hard to protect police and fire from future cuts, apparently much more than you know.
Guys, if you want to know whether or not something is true, go straight to the horse’s mouth.
Be safe out there".