2007 Budget

Filed under: — tkm December 29, 2006 @ 0:0 am

11-13-07 City Council Meeting – Item 7c is an ordinance to transfers $12,000 from one line item to another. The line item they will be taking from will be the general fund (Peter) and transfer into the Service Department line item (Paul) to ensure the City of Portsmouth’s will have adequate funds in Paul’s line item to pay the electric bills.

The point I want to make is the comments by Trent Williams, City Auditor, who is unable to guarantee Council the monies will be available in the general fund to pay the bills.

If you remember it was Trent that tried to tell Council there could be a problem with balancing the budget if they used the Mayor’s figures. Well, it looks as if this may be coming true.

Watch the video:  Click: 11-13-07 City Council Meeting 7c

SECTION 54, Portsmouth City Charter

Accounts shall be kept for each item of appropriation made by the Council, and every warrant on the Treasury shall state specifically against which of such items the warrant is drawn. Each such account shall show m detail the appropriations made thereto, the amount drawn thereon, the unpaid obligations charged against it, and the unencumbered balance to the credit thereof.

SECTION 57, Portsmouth City Charter

No contract agreement, or other obligation, involving the expenditure of money out of appropriations made by the Council, shall be entered into, nor shall any order for such expenditure be valid unless the City Auditor shall first certify to the Council that the money required for such contract, agreement or obligation is in the Treasury to the credit of the appropriation from which it is to be drawn, and that it is otherwise unencumbered. The certificate of the City Auditor shall be filed and made a matter of record in his office, and the sum so certified as being in the Treasury shall not thereafter be considered unencumbered until the City is discharged from the contract, agreement, or obligation. All unencumbered moneys actually m the Treasury to the credit of the appropriation from which an obligation is to be paid, and all moneys applicable to its payment which, before the maturity thereof, are anticipated to come into the Treasury to the credit of such appropriation shall, for the purpose of such certificate, be deemed m the Treasury to the credit of the appropriation from which the obligation is to be paid.

posted by tkm 11-15-07
9-10-07 “Regular” City Council Meeting

Below are links to vidoes taken at the “Regular” City Council Meeting concerning items affecting the 2007 Portsmouth City Budget.

CLICK: 9-10-07 Request for Ordinance to Transfer money from the General Fund.

CLICK:  9-10-07(1) Water Contract between SOGP and SOCF discussed

CLICK:  9-10-07(2) Water Contract between SOGP and SOCF discussed

posted by tkm 9-17-07

3-12-07 City Countil Meeting “2007” Annual Budget Discussion – Third Reading

CLICK: Discussion Video “1”

CLICK: Discussion Video “2”

CLICK: Discussion Video “3”

posted by tkm 3-14-07

The Council President wants to ignore the City’s 2007 Annual Operating Budget dilemma. He is suggesting once again, see meeting minutes below, using the CIP Budget instead of improving our City’s infrastructure.

A similar situation happened in 2003 –

SEE: http://portsmouthcitizens.info/blog/?page_id=230

Using the CIP Budget takes away from projects like McKinley Pool upgrades, City Park’s Upgrades, City Building upgrades etc.

Monday, February 26, 2007, 6:00 P.M.

In response to Councilman Mollette asking if the President thought it would be a fair request to “tie down” what the revenues are going to be if no cuts are made, in order for Council to pass this budget, the President reminded everyone again that the revenues are estimates and since he has been on Council there has always been a discrepancy between the estimates presented by the Mayor and the Auditor. He noted the City still has unexpended dollars from last years CIP that are unappropriated and will remain in that account. He further noted that Council still has two weeks to work throught this. The President again noted it to not be unusual to have two guesstimates and again reminded everyone that the budget can be amended throughout the year, at Council’s discretion, if it becomes apparent that the estimated revenues are not being received. He acknowledged the budget will be a challange and advised that the City needs to look at the structure of the way income taxes are collected and suggested several ways in which the distribution of the CIP funds can be amended.

2-26-07 City Countil Meeting “2007” Annual Budget Discussion – Second Reading

CLICK:  Discussion Video “1”

CLICK:  Discussion Video “2”

CLICK:  Discussion Video “3”

Citizen’s comments from the Council Meeting 

CLICK:  Jim Wilson

CLICK:  Harald Daub

posted by tkm 3-3-07

2-12-07 City Countil Meeting “2007” Annual Budget Discussion – First Reading

CLICK:  Discussion Video “1”

CLICK:  Discussion Video “2”

CLICK:  Discussion Video “3”

posted by tkm 2-13-07

CLICK:  “2007” Proposed Operating Budget

CLICK:  “2007” Corrected Public Utilities – Flood Defense

Below are links to several videos that were taken during the “2007” Annual Budget Meeting that was held on 1-29-07 with Council, Mayor and the Department Heads.

(Some videos may take several minutes to load – be patient – well worth the wait)

CLICK: Introduction(1)

CLICK: Introduction(2)

CLICK: Introduction(3)

CLICK: Introduction(4)

CLICK: Municipal Courts

CLICK: Police Department – Horner(1)

CLICK: Police Department – Horner(2)

CLICK: Police Department – Horner(3)

CLICK: Fire Department – Storey

CLICK: Solicitor

CLICK: Community Development – Hanlon

CLICK: Engineering – Beaumont

CLICK: Health Department – Walden

CLICK: Mayor

CLICK: Auditor – Williams

CLICK: Waste Water – Duncan

CLICK: Walter Filtration – Sutherland

CLICK: Discussion Concerning Gas expenses

CLICK: Discussion Concerning Telephone Service

To be informed about Council VISIT:  http://mollette.info/ & to learn more about the “2007” Proposed Operating Budget:

CLICK:  http://www.mollette.info/wst_page4.html

posted by tkm 2-3-07

Council passes a 2 month Appropriation Budget outside the guidelines of the LAW.  It is no wonder the City of Portsmouth, Ohio is in so much trouble! 

CLICK:  1-8-07 “Regular” City Council Meeting discussion on the 2 month appropriation ordinance for “2007” (Jan. & Feb.) – Video may take several minutes to load. 

Below is a wav file link of Mike Mearan, taken during the 1st Ward Report, trying to justify why it is OK to violate the laws pertaining to the 2 month Appropriation Budget for “2007”.

The City Charter uses the word “Shall” as associated to the Annual Budget, NOT “Should”, “Could” or “May”.

CLICK:  1-8-07  Mike Mearan’s


1.42. Common and technical use.

Words and phrases shall be read in context and construed according to the rules of grammar and common usage. Words and phrases that have acquired a technical or particular meaning, whether by legislative definition or otherwise, shall be construed accordingly.

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Definition of the word “Shall” by the Oxford English Dictionary.

The verb shall has a very long and very complex history in English. “In the second and third persons, expressing the speaker’s determination to bring about (or, with negative, to prevent) some action, event, or state of things in the future, or (occasionally) to refrain from hindering what is otherwise certain to take place, or is intended by another person.”

It is the imperative mood, that is giving an order or command, that is achieved with use of shall. “Shall” is what the English translation of the Bible uses in the Ten Commandments. Shall commands something be done. However, be aware there are many other uses of shall, other moods, including the subjunctive, that are different.

But in the Bible and in law the meaning of shall is clear: it is a command or order that something must or must not (shall not) be done.

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Copied below are the sections referenced above concerning the City of Portsmouth, Ohio’s Annual Budget, as mandated by the City Charter.


On or before the fifteenth day of November in each year the Mayor “Shall” prepare and submit to the Council a budget presenting a financial plan for conducting affairs of the City for the ensuing fiscal year. The classification of estimates in the budget shall be as nearly uniform as possible for the main divisions of all departments and offices. The budget shall include the following information:

(1) Detailed estimates of the expense of conducting each department and office of the City for the ensuing fiscal year;

(2) Expenditures for corresponding items for the current year and the last preceding fiscal year with reasons for increases or decreases recommended as compared with appropriations for the current year

(3) The value of supplies and materials on hand at the date of the preparation of the budget;

(4) The total and net debt of’ the City together with a schedule of maturities of bond issues;

(5) A statement of the amounts to be appropriated;
(a) For interest on the City debt.
(b) For paying off any serial bonds maturing during the year.
(c) For the aggregate for the year of the installments required to be appropriated annually during the life of all other bonds of the City in order to accumulate a fund sufficient to payoff such bonds at maturity.

(6) A separate statement indicating any deficiency in the sinking fund and the amount needed to replace such deficiency;

(7) An itemization of all anticipated income of the City from sources other than taxes and bond issues, with a comparative statement of the amounts received by the City from each of the same or similar sources for the last preceding and current fiscal years;

(8) An estimate of the amount of money to be raised from taxes and the amount to be raised from bond issues, which, with income from other sources, will be necessary to meet the expenditures proposed;

(9) Such other information as the Mayor may think desirable or the Council may require.

(Also in accordance with Sec. 5705.28 and Sec. 5705.30 Revised Code of Ohio.)


The Mayor “Shall” submit to the Council, at the time that he submits the annual budget, the draft of an appropriation ordinance based on the budget and so drawn so as to provide for all expenditures proposed therein for the ensuing year. Upon the submission of the proposed appropriation ordinance to the Council it shall be deemed to have been regularly introduced therein. Within a period of ten (10) days after the receipt of such proposed appropriation ordinance the Council may provide for public hearings thereon to be held either before a committee of the Council or before the Council sitting as a committee of the whole. After the expiration of said period of time the proposed appropriation ordinance may be changed or amended by the Council, and shall take the same course and be subject to the same procedure in the Council as other ordinances but shall not be passed before the first meeting of the Council in January.


After the beginning of the fiscal year, and before the annual appropriation ordinance has been passed the Council, upon the written recommendation of the Mayor, may make appropriations for current City expenses, chargeable to the appropriations of the year when passed, sufficient to cover the necessary expenses of the City until the annual appropriation ordinance is in force. The aggregate of any such preliminary appropriations “Shall” not be more than one-sixth of the total of the appropriations proposed for the year in the draft of the annual appropriation ordinance submitted to the Council by the Mayor.

posted by tkm 1-9-07

This video clip was taken at the December 27th, 2006 “Regular” City Council Meeting; the video clip may be slow to load due to the length of the clip.

When you watch the video you will understand why the City is going bankrupt. You have a Mayor who doesn’t know what a balanced budget is let alone run a City; the City Auditor gives his consent for legislating revenue spending, by Council, during public meetings, for expenditures outside the available revenue of the City of Portsmouth as requested by the Mayor or any other Department Head; Council, 5 out of 6, wouldn’t know what or how to balance a budget even if it hit them in the face, or what it means to follow the City Charter or the Ohio Revised Code in preparing and approving Legislation for running the City of Portsmouth, or any city for that matter; and lastly you have a Solicitor who is so far removed from following the law let alone ensuring the laws are followed by other Portsmouth public officials’.

You don’t need to take my word for it. Watch the video below and decide for yourself.

CLICK: 12-27-06 – 2007 two (2) month Budget discussion

posted by tkm 12-27-06

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