Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sheboygan Mayor Miffed at Recent Outpouring of Support for Library?

In Ryan's world, there's no need to promote the library 
as a feature of beautiful downtown Sheboygan.

Link to November 30 Sheboygan Press article, "Work starts now on '12 budget".

Excerpt: Ryan said he wants the planning work done "before we get to crunch time," referring to drastic changes made to the 2011 budget in the last few weeks before it had to be approved.

"I think we need to do a prioritization of services and a survey of the citizens and find out which services are important to them and which are not and continue to work on this throughout the year," he said.

Knowing what services citizens most want or need would protect the budget process, especially when cuts in services and personnel are being considered, from pressure applied by special interests, he said.

"Every department has their own special interest. Prioritizing the services with an unbiased and uncorrupted survey will tell us where the priorities of citizens lie," he said.

Ryan suggested an outside firm be hired to conduct such a survey.

"Each group can come out and make sure their interests are heard, but this is why it's important to get an outside firm so we can get a true cross-section of the community," he said.

Related articles:
Council approves 2011 budget.  (11/25/2010)
Council votes to make up nearly half of Mayor's cuts to library budget.  (11/23/2010)
Sheboygan residents keep speaking up for their library.  (11/23/2010)
Alderman plans to introduce amendment to address library budget shortfall.  (11/22/2010)
Sheboygan continues to speak up for its library.  (11/21/2010)
Residents speak up for their library.  (11/16/2010)
Library facing 11% cut in 2011 budget.  (10/9/2010)
Mayor offers his 2011 budget.  (10/5/2010)
Officials face $1,500,000 budget deficit in 2011.  (6/10/2010)
Council approves Mayor's new appointments to library board.  (4/28/2010)
Mayor questioned about library board appointments.  (4/26/2010)
Sheboygan Press Editorial Board supports library funding deal.  (11/27/2009)
Library likely to maintain its Maintenance of Effort funding.  (11/24/2009)
Update on library's Maintenance of Effort.  (11/20/2009)
Maintenance of Effort and the Mead Public Library.  (7/6/2009)

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