Dana Point’s $7 Million Budget Fiasco

The city’s budgets need to be much more accurate as a basis for sound financial management of the City. Otherwise, the City Council cannot make informed decisions. For effective management, actual results vs the budget should be continuously reported throughout the year. The FY 2017 budget projected that spending would exceed expected revenue by over … Read more

Without the Financial Review Committee, Residents Must Continue to Question City Finances and Demand Action

At the March 6, 2018 city council meeting, Councilmen Muller, Viczorek and Tomlinson continued to shut down the Financial Review Committee (FRC). Last month they passed Councilman Tomlinson’s resolution in a 3-2 vote, stopping the work of the FRC and dismissing its five members. The action of Mayor Viczorek and Councilmen Muller and Tomlinson was … Read more

City to Update User Fees After Years of Neglect Costs Millions

At the May 16, 2018 City Council meeting, the Council finally considered proposed changes to the city’s user fees that have been neglected for over 19 years. In 2015, the city’s consultant reported that taxpayers were basically subsidizing over 64% of the city’s cost to provide services at an estimated yearly loss of $2.5 Million. … Read more

City Finances: Stop Out of Control Spending

Current Councilmen Muller, Viczorek, and Tomlinson and past Councilman Schoeffel neglected the city’s out of control spending. They failed to provide oversight of the city’s finances, one of their primary responsibilities as councilmen. The city’s spending exceeded the city’s income in eight of the last nine years as is shown here in the Changes in … Read more