This letter was not published by local newspapers, perhaps to protect Jerry Steele and the City of Hamilton, MT which has not "found" their incorporation paperwork yet. When Jerry Steele has to go up for re-election in 2013 it is hoped that many voters will see this information.
Hamilton Budget 2012-2013
This letter is to report to the public in Hamilton, and surrounding areas the state of the current budget for the City of Hamilton Montana.
The budget in 2009 was $12M dollars.
The budget in 2013 is $13.5M dollars.
As Montana suffers through a prolonged recession the city of Hamilton, MT decided to increase its budget by $1.5M or 12.5%.
A few other things were worth reporting: The City made $300,000 off of our water bills, and the City made $100,000 off of our sewer bills within one year.
Approximately $75,000 was transferred into the general fund from the water profit, and approximately $25,000 was transferred into the general fund from the sewer profit.
Many residents, and seniors are fixed income and do not expect their government to make money off their water bills, or sewer bills then deposit them in a general discretionary fund.
The line item for the Bitterroot Public Library (BPL) was $250,000 in 2009 is no longer found.
The Ravalli County Budget for BPL for $270,000 in 2009 is now approximately $10,000/yr.
Jerry Steele’s job is up for grabs at the end of the year and any person who is a resident of the City, above the age of 18 can pay the fee to run for Mayor of Hamilton from May 15 to June 30.
Hopefully, that candidate will not double their own salary as Mr. Steele has from approximately $17,000 in 2009 to over $32,000 in the current budget.
This information is available at www.cityofhamilton.net
Government which does not work for the people, or is not able to change to current times and conditions needs someone who is willing to work with the city council and for the people.
Jerry Steele Hamilton MT mayor has doubled his salary since 2009. Jerry Steele Hamilton MT Mayor has allowed profits from water and sewer bills from Hamilton MT. Jerry Steele refuses to hire appropriate numbers of police officers (4) for a city with 4,000 people. Jerry Steele refuses to supervise police officers in Hamilton MT.
Jerry Steele acting as Mayor of Hamilton MT
the city does not lawfully exist (public fraud).
MCA 7-2-4101 to 4105; MCA 7-2-2103 are legal citations to support unlawful municipal actions.