Budget Workshop Dog & Pony Show
Tomorrow the Budget Workshop is going to be held at City Hall from 9:30 to 5:00. The public is invited to listen but can not ask questions. You are required to submit questions in advance of the meeting to three Council people. Why? We have no idea. Why a Hoboken resident can’t attend and submit questions onsite is sorta like having a dog & pony show with no pony. And frankly it’s pissing this pony off.
So go on submit your questions. But if you forget one or two or something comes to mind and you happen to be sitting through this seven hour budget fest just know, you have the right to remain silent. Oh, they’ll be excuses about this and claims of how questions by the public can be voiced later but this is obviously not the most transparent approach for the public to interface with their local government. There’s no need for such buffering MSV can see. You’d be better off splitting up the Budget Workshop over two days in order to accommodate the public than doing it this way IDHHO (In Da Horsey’s Humble Opinion).
Now we have no doubts the various department heads are going to be thorough (and hopefully uniform) in presenting the various details of their respective budgets but for a town of our size, we all know it’s the most concerned citizens who will show up for this and yet they are not being accommodated at all.
Update: Councilman Mike Lenz in a phone interview stated, “This is a first step. We got what we could get and it’s better than what we had before. And we’ll do more if it’s needed. I think it’ll be a positive experience.”
Talking Ed Note: The jolly green vegetable at The Hoboken Journal hopes to do a live blog but isn’t sure it’ll be possible if there’s no live video stream. Sources indicate that decision as the format of the workshop itself remains in the hands of the fiscal state monitor, Judy Tripodi. MSV did contact Ms. Tripodi who is attending the Budget Workshop tomorrow but she is not in the office today.
Update: 5:45 – A City Hall source confirmed the live stream.