After months of delay, the Mill Creek City Council finally reviewed the Economic Development Committee's recommendations at their February 10 Council meeting. While this might be perceived as good news, the fact the Council took no action is a huge disappointment.
Here is why I am concerned. Last year, the Council voted to take $2 million from reserves to balance the FY 15-16 budget. The citizen group made specific recommendations to diversify the City's revenues, and the Council did not spend time at this meeting to begin the development of a strategy needed to overcome this huge financial dilemma. The City's current level of service will certainly cost more in the future. How are these services going to be paid for? The development of a financial plan is Council's most important responsibility.
The citizens who participated in this important initiative deserve better. In fact, the citizens of Mill Creek do too. I could argue the citizen group did more work that Council did in 2014. It is time for this Council to display leadership and fully commit to the development of a financial plan that will fix the City's budgetary woes.
Lynn D. Sordel