So what’s your guess? DiMora’s lunch tab? No, its not Jimmy. The county commissioners’ chauffer service? No, it’s not the commissioners. A county judge’s or a suburban Mayor’s campaign? No, it was not a campaign. The Republican Party of Cuyahoga County?????????????? BINGO!!!!!!
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights or lowlights for 2007.
POLITICAL WORK IS A CALLING
IN-HOUSE PHONE SYSTEM
PARTY PROVIDED CELL PHONES
$4,193.15 (First 6 Months)
$6,059.00 (Last 6 Months)
IN-HOUSE PHONE SYSTEM + CELL PHONES = $20,444.83
And you get pissed at Verizon for charging you roaming minutes? Maybe someone at RPCC Headquarters should be taking that annoying phone call from AT&T about switching plans for a better rate.
RENT: AND YOU DON’T EVEN GET SNAPPY SHOW TUNES
RENT AND UTILITIES
$19,729.67 (First 6 Months)
$20,179.29 (Last 6 Months)
Well you know downtown D.C. rent is just astronomical. Oh, wait we are in downtown Cleveland, not D.C. A downtown that can not fill office space to save its life. You would think with the mortgage crisis the media keeps going on about we could get a sweet deal and buy a place. When you buy it, you don’t have to pay rent. Hmmm… At least it has ample parking, oh wait…
$3,450.00 (First 6 Months)
$3,725.00 (Last 6 Months)
There is ample downtown parking. Or at least that’s what they tell the ward leaders when they have to trek down their for a meeting. Costs range from $.25/hr for a meter to $25 for a parking ticket and everything in between. Hopefully there is a Cavs or Indians game too. It is so ample that we pay for it. Funny thing is they work right next to tower city which has a rapid stop and a set of bus stops right in front of the building. Let’s see $75 per monthly pass X 12 months X 3 people = $2,700. A savings of almost $5,000. I bet if we tell them this they would gladly save the party that money, heck they may even offer to pay for their own parking, if they’re not so inclined to take the bus, saving us even more!
DA DA DA DA DA DA - - - - CHARGE!
PARTY CREDIT CARD CHARGES
$7,620.00 (First 6 Months)
$7,300.00 (Last 6 Months)
You thought your teenager was bad? Yes, while it is wise to keep little Susie away from Legacy Village with pa pa’s American Express, you may want to keep your RPCC children under just as tight of a leash.
WORKIN’ 9 TO 5
SALARIES (Frost, Backiel, Cizmadia/Luketic)
$99, 849.75 (First 6 months)
$99, 935.44 (Last 6 months)
Now you say, wait they work incredibly long hours, especially during campaign season. Never forget Confucius say, one man’s “work” is another man’s web surfing time.” Although they do put in long hours, what exactly is accomplished by them, what about down time when they are not directly in the midst of a campaign's height?
FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF $407,936.83
So we return to where we started. What is this money buying? This number is a most fruitful point of discussion. The point is, are you getting what you pay for? Or better yet, who is paying for this and why are they? What are they getting for it?
See my fellow members of King's court, a good blog post poses more questions than it answers. Champaign wishes and caviar dreams!
For the whole detailed RPCC Budget –