It should be noted that the two "budget hawks" on council are the only ones to be over budget for their staff allocation. Yes, Holguin and Limon - the two laziest council members in recent memory found a way to spend more money than they had on staff that did nothing for their constituents. Well, if you count leaking gossip to the press and turning in ORRs on other council members - then that was work, I guess...
So it was not a surprise that Limon's contribution to the budget making process was as selfish as it was insane.
First off, she wanted more money for staff. She think she needs a team of servants to tend to her every need. Or, maybe she needs them to pull her back when she feels the need to start getting physical with other members of council (rumor has it that she pushed Acosta). No other member of council felt they needed more money for staff. Of course, Limon was the only member of council trying to pay her assistants more than $100,000 a year a piece (one has since left since he couldn't get paid).
Her second brilliant request was an increase in discretionary funds. You know, the money Limon wastes on office parties for her staff and political supporters. Limon wants to directly control more of your tax dollars to go to her pet projects - daily potluck lunches.
You did see where she wanted the Shawver park christmas lights budgeted this time. I think everyone would be fine not being a national punchline again this year.
And to top it all off, she wanted to take the small amount of money allocated to the neighborhood associations for herself. Nothing says "I support my community" like stripping them of any control over their small amount funding allocated to them by the city.
Here's where things just get sad and why Limon should resign.
Her district has a lot of older neighborhoods that do not have sidewalks or proper drainage. Many roads are flat falling apart.
What does that mean?
It means that children in her district walk in the street (where there are moving cars) to get to school. It means that when it rains there are massive mosquito breeding puddles everywhere. Those puddles force children to walk further into the street (where there are moving cars) to get to school. As a parent who constantly tell his children "DO NOT GO OUT INTO THE STREET!" It saddens me to think that these children have no other choice...
So, did Limon propose street improvement projects for her district? No. She didn't even come up with one. She asked for more money for office parties and embarrassing Christmas displays. Her staff is much more important than the safety of the children in her district.
She will say she voted against a tax increase even though she was the one asking for a ton of frivolous spending during the budget process. She's the epitome of awful.
Oh, and by the way - when her staff isn't telling constituents to take up their problems with the mayor because whatever is wrong is his fault, they're spending most of their time putting in open records requests for other council member's emails. Yes, you are paying her staff to play politics for naysayers. Great use of your money.