One of the Oldest Budget Tricks. Is It Still Being Used?
September 5, 2009 1 Comment
Under David Brown, practically all departments, especially those headed by his favorites, were brazenly undisciplined, fiscally and administratively. Annual budgets routinely, and perhaps purposely, had over 30 unfilled positions, money which formed a slush fund of sorts. That cash was used by Brown to cork up large fiscal leeks and to pay for such expenses as his junkets, his infamous wining and dining and, on one occasion, a birthday cake for himself.
Part of the so-called positions reductions come from the elimination of unfilled positions. This certainly does not represent a reduction in staff and benefits liabilities.