Analysis of Welcome to the New Town Manager by Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt

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Analysis of Welcome to the New Town Manager by Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt

After reading the case study Welcome to the new town manager, by Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt, I established three major problems the community of Opportunity needed to correct. These problems involved the water & sewer system, the balancing budget, & the pay-as-you-go method. The city manager, Jennifer Holbrook, must implement strategies that would correct these problems quickly.

If I were Holbrook my initial goal would be to correct the water and sanitary sewer systems problem. I believe it is the community responsibility to pay for the up-keep and maintenance of the two facilities, because it is the community who is reaping the benefits of these facilities.
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I feel this proposed revenue fee would make utilities more self-sufficient.

My second goal would be to correct the budget balancing problems. The budget debt each year is approximately 200,00 to 300,000. To solve this problem, I would make three more adjustments in the budget expenditures. The adjustments would approximately total 250,000. I chose 250,000 because it is the average of 200,000 & 300,000. My first adjustment would go towards the capital program expenditure. Since I previously include the sewer and water system capital program expenditure into the revenue fee, I could deduct these two services from the capital program expenditure total. Doing this would reduce the capital program expenditure from 538,630 per year to 379,350 per year, leaving the budget with a 159,280 per year savings. The second adjustment would go toward public safety. I would immediately hire a new police officer, because of the police’s staff shortage. I think it is a necessity to have enough officers to maintain all shifts. Hiring more officers would help keep the streets of Opportunity safe. This is important because of the community’s profile. Opportunity consists of mostly above-average socioeconomic people and elderly people. I could see the crime rate rising in the future, due to the lack of police officers. On the other hand, I would alleviate the ideal of hiring a technician. I feel hiring a contractor on needed bases is sufficient. Why

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