Letter: Feels government budgets have compromised the future

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Well we've been

informed we have reached our "fiscal cliff" -- after emptying our pockets to build new stadia, clear streams, float bonds to support erroneous parkland acquisition costs, and buy new vehicles for police, fire and maintenance departments.

Our city manager and Council alert us that our priorities for city expenditures in the next few years must be reordered.

We've now spent our way to the brink of disaster. We're between that rock and hard place. Should we cut off our leaf collection program in the fall? Transfer golf course administration to the park board? Hint at a forthcoming need to update our streets and infrastructure to satisfy residential demand? Distract us with the unrealistic notion that federal grants will be available to support our extravagant lifestyle?

What happened to our rainy day fund that previous Council's attempted to build? Did you agree to an optimistic vision to buy now and pay later? We've compromised future residents, and older householders today, by transferring fiscal burdens from users to funders. With the federal government in fiscal disarray, the dominos will fall -- state, county and city budgets, and we the locals will bear it all.

Our city and School Board have delivered on their promise. They've led us down the "yellow brick road." Are we in Oz yet? Where is the wizard to wave his magic wand?

Don Flower, Hudson

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