This blog was sent to me. . I thought it was worth posting. Goes to the whole issue of Mark Spencer serving himself before the members.
We are all aware that sales tax revenues have continued to decline and the revenue the city receives no longer covers the costs of services currently being delivered. That’s the reason the City had to cut nearly $270 million from its budget earlier this year, including $35 million from the Police Department budget.
Recently things took another turn for the worse as in the first five months of the year Phoenix took in about $12 million less than anticipated, a shortfall that could grow to more than $14 million by the end of the fiscal year. City sales-tax receipts from January through May show that the city collected $144.5 million, $12.4 million or about 8 percent less than its number-crunchers had projected. In May, for example, Phoenix only received $27.9 million, $2.8 million less than was expected. City leaders now tell us that Phoenix will have to burn through a good chunk of its $32 million rainy-day fund to fill this unexpected mid-year budget gap.
Why then, is Mark Spencer turning his back on $20 million in federal stimulus funds to hire new officers and improve public-safety technology?
Last week a team of Phoenix officials, including Mayor Phil Gordon, Chief Jack Harris and even Fire Chief Bob Khan went to Washington D.C. to lobby for federal public safety funding for Phoenix police. Although the Mayor invited Mark Spencer to join the Phoenix team, Spencer declined to join the team.
OK. We get it. Spencer does not like Gordon and Harris. Heck, many of us don’t like the men and women in our squads or units. But when its time to get the job done we push those personal feelings aside and work together. In our line of work lives depend on the unit functioning as a team.
For Mark Spencer to thumb his nose at $20 million in resources for his members shows once again he is out only for himself, not for the rest of us.
The Mayor even offered to save some of our union dues by finding a private donor to pay for Spencer’s travel and entertainment expenses to D.C. Again, Spencer said no and decided to spend more of our union dues for his trip.
Maybe its time to ask Mark Spencer if he knows there is no “I” in Team. But the more I watch him, the more I expect that he will tell me I am right, but there is a “me” in Team.
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