In November of last year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves proposed a 2008 budget that included $690 million in expenses versus $649 million in revenue. Eaves proposed to cover that $41 million deficit by raising taxes, but his proposal was rejected by the other county commissioners including Lynne Riley of North Fulton who led the fight against that property tax increase [Source: 11/25/2007 AJC article “Financial bind puts brakes on tax cut”].
In this morning’s paper, the AJC reports that the Fulton County Commission “failed to balance [their] budget” because “as commissioners pored over budgets for the various court officials and human service agencies, they added back as much as they took out” [Source: 1/10/2008 AJC article “Fulton commissioners fail to balance budget”].
Can I ask y’all something?
How hard is it to be fiscally conservative? How hard is it to realize that you don’t spend more money than you have? How hard is that to understand?
I’m just sitting here scratching my head wondering how Fulton County went from an estimated $141 million surplus to a $41 million deficit in one year (FYI, that’s $182 million in excess spending). That’s about as far away from the definition of “fiscally conservative” as you can get.
Fixing this unbalanced Fulton County budget is a task for fiscal conservatives, and I’m afraid to say that there are very few of those people in Fulton County Government today.