Kudos to outgoing Mayor Kathy Turner for requesting City Manager Ralph Dannenberg allocate $50,000 for Puyallup’s homeless families in 2012. Puyallup can afford it. Its budget for 2012 has ballooned from $91 million to $99 million. But it was clear from Dannenberg’s demeanor that this request was not welcome. Didn’t Puyallup just waste half a million dollars on worthless swampland that it later decided was not necessary?
If the city manager is not willing to cut the staff’s frivolous budget for endless picnics and Halloween and Christmas parties, I would suggest he tap the million dollar LTAC slush fund. After all, that fund is supposed to enhance Puyallup’s image. It has been used before to fund arts ventures and facilities enhancements at city hall for Valley Arts’ rent free gallery and shop.
But $50,000 is not a huge sum to spread around for so many needy. I would also suggest that this money could be spent on remodeling the second floor at city hall to accommodate homeless families as an emergency shelter for the coming La Nina winter. Each staff member does not need one thousand square feet of office space, after all. Taxpayers have been waiting three years for a plan for efficient city hall use to no avail.
Perhaps Sister Pat at St. Francis House and the Nazarene Church can advise city hall on how best to spend these funds on something worthier than staff boondoggles and lavish office spaces at city hall.
Puyallup has a moral obligation.