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Atherton's embarrassment of riches

Original post made by John P Johns, CPA, another community, on Jul 24, 2011

The Town's cry of a "structural deficit" is beginning to look more and more a cry of "wolf".

The Town is expected to realize a revenue surplus of $800,000 of which about $350k was higher than expected building permit revenues.

Additionally, Atherton's finance director has indicated that it expects all of the Town's departments to stay within budget.

As is the case with the City of Costa Mesa, the Town has a serious credibility problem by contending that it cannot afford building or public works in-house.

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Posted by nobody home
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Jul 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm

So are you proposing the town just keep spending any surplus revenues on expensive in-house staffed services instead of trying to save funds where it can?

Or maybe it will be necessary for the town to use any surplus money to help defray the costs caused by the vexatious litigants that pop up as in the whack a mole game every few months. I guess we can blame the town's effort towards cost cutting / outsourcing city staff /services on paying off these clowns.

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Posted by geez oh pete
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I didn't see anybody propose anything. I only read that Atherton is either breaking even on the building department or making money off of it. If this is the case then it lays to waste the argument that we can't afford to provide building services in house.

My sense is that Danielson wanted to flush the building department and public works down the toilet because he didn't like the smell emanating from those two departmens.

If that's the case then it would seem as though Danielson's action is vindication of the former Finance Director's audits.

It is strange really. Atherton lies about its finances because it dosen't want to admit it made a mistake in firing Johns. It doesn't want to admit that Johns was right when he called attention to the corruption that ran rampant in that trailer across the street from Town Hall.

The problem is that if Atherton doesn't admit its mistakes, it will never be able to correct them.

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