Tuesday, August 30, 2016

YOU MAKE THE CALL!!!!!!

The question is, “Are members of the Town Council making the best business decisions when spending our tax dollars”. So let’s take a look at the purchase of the 2012 Bandit 990 Chipper from Hammond Tractor Company for $31,999.00.


In order to know if this is a good purchase or not; we need to review the history of the town’s usage of a chipper. So I asked the town in a Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) and the following is what I was provided.

Fiscal Year Money Spent

2012-2013 Purchase Order 1634 - $7,200.00

2013-2014 "There were no Purchase Orders
indicating a chipper had been rented.
Before we started renting a chipper on a
regular basis the crew would cut the
brush, load it on a truck and bring it to
the Transfer Station and dump it on the
ground. Then the Transfer Station staff
would load it into a big trailer and haul it
off for disposal. This was a tremendous
waste of resources.”

2014-2015 “There were no Purchase Orders indicating a chipper had been rented. Before we started renting a chipper on a regular basis the crew would cut the brush, load it on a truck and bring it to the Transfer Station and dump it on the ground. Then the Transfer Station staff would load it into a big trailer and haul it off for disposal. This was a tremendous waste of resources.”

2015-2016 Purchase Order 12163 - $1,324.58

Purchase Order 13630 - $191.25

Purchase Order 13691 - $573.75

Purchase Order 13796 – $212.50

TOTAL: $2,302.08

Now that we have the history for the past 4 years, it is time to
determine if this purchase was for convenience or a necessity. In
4 years, the cost totaled was$9,502.08. This is an average of
$2,375.52 per year. Does this justify purchasing a chipper for
$31,999.00?
Remember for two year the town did not rent a
chipper.

This Town Council should be looking for ways to reduce the cost
of operating this town instead of reckless spending
. I personally
do not feel this was a justifiable purchase. If you agree with me,
call your Councilors and asked them to stop wasting our tax
dollars.


The Public Works Director is going out for bids on 5 more
purchases/projects. At the next council meeting, the Town
Council will vote on these items.
What are your feelings?

It appears to me that the Council does not understand they have reduce spending and find ways to increase revenue in order to reduce taxes. Their primary mission should be to operate this town safely and to reduce our taxes. They do not appear to be
trying to reduce our taxes.

Was this a good business decision or fraud waste and abuse?
Larry Fillmore