Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Budget Questions That Make You Think

I enjoy the City of Pensacola budget.  It is one of the best books of fiction out there and is free!

One section that is always a hoot is the Statistical section.  It is full of ridiculous facts like the number of stop lights and miles of paved roads in the City.

But every year there are a few that leave me scratching my head as if to ask Whaaaaat? or Hooooow?

Here's a few that I can't figure out?

                                                2014      2015

  • Miles of Gas Mains       1,680      1,525    Where did the 155 miles of main go?
  • Golf Course Acres         123         108       Did the course shrink?
  • Golf Course Yardage     6,400      6,450    If losing $100,000 a year did we need it to get bigger?
  • Golf Rounds                  20,408    18,449  I see the losses mounting!
  • Parks                              93           93
  • Park Acres                     517         592       Do parks grow?
  • Commercial Burglary    82           108      The crooks are looking for more bang for the buck?
  • Traffic violations           8,199      6,826    Gulf Breeze would NOT be having this!
  • Parks and Rec
  • Programs                       324         298        Less programs leads to?
  • City Participants           231,624  189,292  Less involvement
  • County Participants        65,248   45,272   More less involvement

Additionally, one aspect I laugh the most about is how much of the Budget is just "change the dates and reprint" or "same as last year"

One example is the 'General Information Concerning the City".

It reads, directly next to a photo of all five flags INCLUDING THE CONFEDERATE FLAG:

"Pensacola is nicknamed “The City of Five Flags” due to the five governments that have flown flags over it during its history: those of Spain, France, Great Britain, the Confederate States of America, and the United States. Other nicknames include “World’s Whitest Beaches” (due to the white sand prevalent along beaches in the Florida panhandle). “Cradle of Naval Aviation” (the National Museum of Naval Aviation is located at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, home of the legendary Blue Angels), “Western Gate to the Sunshine State,” “America’s First Settlement,” and “The Upside of Florida.”

The Upside is relegated to the DownSide of the nickname list.


Anonymous said...

The reduction in traffic violations is due to less police presence on the streets. I have noticed a substantial reduction.

On the plus side, we have more landscaping on Main Street and anywhere else that Jerry Pate can plant some.

Anonymous said...

Less traffic tickets means higher crime rates. When the cops are out enforcing traffic laws and criminals see blue lights here and there and here and there....the get the hell outta the vicinty...simple equation.

Anonymous said...

1999 ppd had over 17,000 tickets and in 2015 6,826 tickets. What a big decline. I guess the drivers in Pensacola are a lot better. Not!! In 1999 also made 4,545 arrests. In 2015, they made 3174 arrests. Glad our crime is down so much. Are the officers doing more or less?

Anonymous said...

Funny, he told the fire department the same crap. Hayward is a big liar and that's probably the nicest thing anyone can really say about him, seriously.