Thursday, December 16, 2010
Mr. Ed's Serenade to Bethlehem City Council Saves Mounted Police
Seventy-five people jammed into Town Hall on December 15 for Bethlehem City Council's final budget hearing on its most controversial budget in recent years. Fifty-four jobs are being cut. The City will be forced to borrow $16 million. To pour salt into the wound, a 3/4 mill property tax increase is still being proposed. But what really packed the house was a proposal to reduce the funding to Bethlehem's mounted police unit.
Council Prez Bob Donchez and Eric Evans, who first proposed this idea, quickly changed course after the Mounted Police Unit launched a campaign to save the horsies. But a few people still insisted on speaking, including Mr. Ed.
When he sang the "Empty Feed Bag Blues," Donchez broke down in tears.
So the horsies are safe, but pretty much everyone else is screwed. Even two firefighter positions are being eliminated.