Adopt the Garry Plan
Charged with crafting a solution to the city's fund balance crisis, Mrs. Garry developed a comprehensive plan to keep the city running through this calendar year.
Garry has worked tirelessly to create a plan that fully complies with the stringent rules of local government finance in Indiana. She has not been afraid to tell the administration the truth; she has not been reticent in telling the council the truth.
Not every dime collected by this municipality can be devoted to the general fund - a point Garry must make continually to certain members of the council.
City departments have been operating for months under the assumption that the budget, as passed by this council, is a chimera. Department heads have, accordingly, restricted spending for almost half a year to accommodate the fiscal emergency. Once the Garry plan was proposed, the department heads were required to go over each expenditure line item to find even more savings.
Kay Garry has put together a plan that would allow the city to continue to operate. Money from available funds would be shifted to the general fund to keep city departments running. As would any prudent financial officer, she recommends that the city maintain a reserve in its capital spending funds by borrowing from a city-owned utility.
It's time to pass the Garry Plan. Pass the resolution to maintain a capital reserve. Pass the appropriation to shift funds from the Rainy Day Fund. Pass the appropriation to shift funds from the Riverboat Fund.
Show your respect for Garry and her work. Mouthing platitudes is no longer acceptable. No one, least of all the city controller, can sit by and watch council members make obsequious remarks about how much they respect her, how much they like her, how beholden they are to her expertise, integrity, and intelligence.
Mrs. Garry is, by all accounts, the ultimate professional. She is not a mental defective to be soothed with sweet talk. It is transparently disrespectful and dismissive, and an insult to this dedicated public servant, to praise her with words while rejecting her counsel.
Show her the respect she deserves. Pass her plan.
Randy Smith, email@example.com