Have you been keeping up with the DeKalb City Council’s plans to cut funds from the Human Services Funds? It’s a very disheartening situation all around. As you know, last week, I sent my thoughts (blatantly honest, of course) to the council members. I received a reply over the weekend, but I’m not going to post it here for fear of being sued or thrown in jail. But here’s the response I sent back to him.
Hello and thank you for responding. The point is not when you proposed the changes (people are still affected whether you proposed it a year ago or in 5 years) and the cuts apply to services across the board (that just means more people will be affected).
Obviously, you’re being a bit naive in thinking the cuts won’t eliminate programs. While that may not be your intention, less money is not going to create more services. That’s just basic mathematics. What happens when there’s no money left. Will you turn a blind eye to people who are turned away from Hope Haven, or the mother who can only take her child to the doctor if TransVAC is available?
You say that every dollar counts. It seems to me that other dollars, such as the Renew DeKalb project and the continuing rise of property taxes count just a bit more in your eyes.
Budgets are a tough issue. But what shouldn’t be a tough issue is recognizing the people who are in the most need. Taking those services away from them is the equivalent of their government telling them that they don’t matter and can be easily cast aside.
The Council should be ashamed of itself. Do you really believe the cuts don’t have anything to do with the actions of the City? I trust (or at least I hope that you wouldn’t be as naive as all that, especially in your position on the Council).
Best regards in making the right decision. Maybe you should contact these Executive Directors to see for yourself what services will be cut before you make a decision without knowing all the information.
So what do you think? There’s nothing like doing your civic duty, is there?
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