In the “no surprise there” category, outgoing Councilwoman Joan Lindsay issued an endorsement of Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, which Mme. Mayor posted on her campaign site. Mrs. Stanczyk, er, Mrs. Lindsay makes a couple of claims that SDM decided to evaluate and analyze.
According to Lindsay:
Under her leadership as Mayor, Village reserves have grown to $13.6 million from $9 million in 2010…
The truth about the village’s unassigned fund balance (i.e., the “reserves”) is that they are expected to be about the same as the year Mrs. Stanczyk first took office (the first budget for which she is listed is FY 2006-07):
Year Fund Balance
FY 06-07 $9,034,987 (Actual)
FY 07-08 $13,589,615 (Actual)
FY 09-10 $15,502,780 (Actual)
FY 10-11 $8,573,042 (Actual)
FY 11-12 $9,500,714 (Actual)
FY 12-13 $10,453,169 (Actual)
FY 13-14 $10,035,468 (Estimated Final)
FY 14-15 $9,054,468 (Proposed Budget)
It’s hard to figure why Mme. Mayor wants to tout these figures, or even from where she is drawing them in the first place. Perhaps a better set of figures to look at is the ever-increasing number of employees Palmetto Bay residents pay for under the Stanczyk era:
Year Full Time Part Time
FY 06-07 (Actual) 22 20
FY 14-15 (Proposed) 53 30
So, in about 8 years, Palmetto Bay almost doubled the number of regular employees. SDM can’t help but wonder why Mrs. Lindsay isn’t touting Mme. Mayor’s incredible ability to bloat our local bureaucracy.
As we’ve said in the past, we will miss Mrs. Lindsay’s intellect on a council that is in short supply of the quality. However, we won’t miss her selfish use of the village resources to wage the war on Palmer Trinity School, surely the most divisive campaign in the 10 year history of our little burgh. And, we won’t miss her incomprehensible slavish devotion to this failed mayor.