Ruth Oosting: Fiscal mismanagement led to layoffs

08/31/2014 6:58 PM

08/31/2014 6:58 PM

Re “Atwater on right path” (Letters, Aug. 11): According to the writer, the Atwater city manager and mayor received each month a copy of the treasurer’s report. Well, it appears they were not checking the bottom that would have shown the decline in the revenue of the city. The letter states the manager and mayor wanted a sound monetary fund before expenditures were started from the Measure H Fund. The Measure H fund (from July 2013 to June 2014) amounted to $1.2 million. This fund was sold to the residents of Atwater to use for more police protection. The first purchase from this fund was police cars. Next came the purchase of a firetruck for $1 million, for which Cal Fire negotiated the terms with no input from the city. They were given complete authority to do so with no competing bids. Employees were not privatized out of jobs, they were laid off pure and simple, due to attrition and financial mismanagement of the mayor and City Council members.

Ruth Oosting, Atwater

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