Vail Daily letter: Actual spending
Vail, CO, Colorado
My recent criticism of Sheriff Hoy’s expenses vs. budget drew a misleading immediate response from a Hoy supporter.
The $10,372,178 in 2009 was not a budget – it was the actual amount spent. Perhaps the commissioners would prefer to call it an “adjusted budget,” but let’s call it what it is – the actual amount spent in 2009.
A budget is, by definition, a financial forecast or plan. One would be a financial wizard to budget $10,372,178 and spend exactly that amount one year later. The sheriff spends and the commissioners cover the overdraft every year.
Further, with regard to personnel adjustments, please don’t use past-tense terminology, as in “we have reduced the overall staffing,” when in fact this has not yet happened but is a plan for 2011 with no present implementation.
I believe we have an intelligent electorate here in Eagle County, and we will not be deterred with vague, tricky terminology any longer. Just the facts, Mr. Sheriff, please.