Monday, January 5, 2015

Budget fight in Columbia about more than a police car

From an editorial in this morning's edition of lancasteronline:
Mayor Leo Lutz gave two reasons for vetoing Columbia Borough's hold-the-line budget for 2015: a budget process he saw as not including the public in discussions and council's failure to include the lease of a new police cruiser.  Borough Council has scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the borough building, 308 Locust St., to discuss overriding the mayor's veto.  The votes of five of the council's seven members are required to override a veto.


  1. Why did the mayor wait so long to say he feels the public did not have enough to say in public discussions during the meetings?

  2. how about because he don't have a clue.

  3. Most of the "public" are engrossed in their own day to day struggles and blindly trust council to make good decisions. If it were possible to fill the room and put the heat on, I wonder how comfortable the mayor would feel about public discussion/opinion. The mayor is well aware that very few residents attend meetings so that carries NO weight. It IS about the car.

    1. You're right. Why the sudden interest in inviting the public? I can't accuse the mayor of lack of transparency. His motives are totally transparent.

  4. Right, if the public were included in discussions, very few residents would show up for the meeting and Leo would argue with them. After all he knows best,

  5. The mayor is first and foremost a politician, and I don't mean that as a compliment.