Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Countdown to Chaos...

As I write this blog on Wednesday afternoon, less than a week remains for the state to adopt a budget for the 2009-2010 year. Yogi Berra once said "It's like deja-vu, all over again." A fitting statement which describes the financial health of the state for the better part of the last decade. The exception was the last fiscal year when the state's coffers were showing signs of life, due in large part to the sales tax on gas (which was around $4 per gallon at the time and Lansing had based its budget on sales tax collection of $2.50 per gallon).

Where this year's debate is even more complicated than 2 years ago (when the state government actually shutdown), is that the easy cuts were made a long, long time ago. Cuts being discussed in Lansing currently effect programs and services enjoyed by large sections of the state.

As the clock continues to click down, the question is what is really on the chopping block? The hole in the state budget this year has been reported anywhere from 1.2 to 2.7 billion dollars. As of today only 3 of the 16 budgets have even made it out of the committee process. To further complicate matters, the Legislature has left the Governor out of the process. As a lame-duck there is little for her to lose if she sticks to her guns that vital cuts to services will not be tolerated. Thereby creating an impasse with the direction being taken by House Speaker Dillon and Senate Majority Leader Bishop.

More than likely a continuing resolution will be adopted giving the legislature another month to figure things out. If you'd like to keep score on your own about the process, I can recommend a couple of good places to frequent:

http://skoopsblog.blogspot.com/
http://www.countdowntochaos.org/

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Village Council Meeting 9-22 Topics

Due to the election on Tuesday, the regular Village Council meeting for the month was moved back 1 week. The meeting this Tuesday the 22nd, has several items on the agenda. The bulk of the meeting is geared toward the 6 public hearings that are scheduled. The first hearing is to establish single parcel special assessment districts for two parcels. These parcels were mowed by the village this summer due to failure to comply with our lawn height requirements. The assessment district is our means of recovering our cost to abate.

The other 5 public hearings all address proposed ordinances. A copy of the proposed ordinances and a summary can be found on our website at: http://www.lakeisabellami.org/Ordinancepage.htm

Other items of interest on the agenda include renewal of the Village Manager's contract, a naming request for the airport, deer management discussion, bond payments, and the upcoming liaison committee meeting with the property owners association.

Friday, September 11, 2009

We're Back...

Long time no see! Shortly after our last post, the Village Hall experienced some technical issues. During one of the thunderstorms in early July our office was hit by lightning (again). This was the second time in the 2 years that we have been at the 1010 Clubhouse location that lightning has knocked us off-line. Specifically, the wireless internet beacon on the roof was hit. Thankfully, when the building was built we had a universal surge suppressor installed with the electrical system. Both times this has limited the damage to only the point of entry, and nothing beyond.

To complicate the matter we were also in the process of moving our internet service from ISP to Winntel. But now everything is up and running. We have been able to update our website for a couple of weeks and will be returning to regular blogging.

Mark your calendars, this Tuesday, September 15th is the general election for Village Council. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Please stop by the Village Hall and cast your vote!