In Mammoth Lakes: debt phobia

The debt scenario in Mammoth Lakes has driven a number of citizens to ghastly imaginings.  Will the Town be able to afford more than public safety services?  What about all those years of work on

Negotiations over Mammoth's future take place in this high rise in Santa Monica across from the beach where MLLA operates.

recreation and marketing?  What about all those tax measures designed to pump up the Town?  As residents ponder the dire possibilities, they also say get it over with.

At the end of July, public discussions will point to “what is important to the Town Council and to the community”, according to Marianna Marysheva-Martinez.  She and Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht will offer nine areas of priority to start the discussion as the Town goes forward with the Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition settlement.

When the Town knows what the payments will be on an annual basis, Martinez said, “Then we will look at where to cut or raise revenues.”  At last week’s Town Council meeting, Martinez pointed to the very large debt and the new reality for Mammoth.  “It’s a new baseline,” she said.

Meanwhile, when asked about rumors that an MLLA attorney had called people in Mammoth about formation of a focus group on the debt settlement, Mark Rosenthal of MLLA said, “At this juncture we are not in a position to comment upon any of the Town’s efforts to address their debt to us.”  Privately, some locals said the calls were made, and at least two Town Councilmen knew nothing about it.

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Realist
Realist
11 years ago

Franklin, Using the old bait and switch are we… I can’t do anything about Wall Street but guys like Upthecreek are trying like hell to highlight the inadequacy’s of our little slice of heaven called Mammoth Lakes. He keeps hammering out the point that town employees have no liability on… Read more »

Franklin Ness
Franklin Ness
11 years ago
Reply to  Realist

Realist The staff only carries what the Town Council desires. I’m sure you do your bosses bidding, if you’re actually empoyed. You have no idea when it comes to the workings of a Town Government. Do you really think all of the workers make the decisions that seem to infuriate… Read more »

Dave
Dave
11 years ago

Well said, Mr. Ness. I know many Town and County employees and I for one am glad they are working and living in our community. If you really could see and understand what they do on a daily basis you would see that most of these people are hardworking, experienced,… Read more »

Franklin Ness
Franklin Ness
11 years ago

Upthecreek The Fire Department is part of a Fire District and isn’t paid by the Town. Doesn’t that make you feel better upthecreek? Now, if your calculations are correct the Town is way understaffed. At seven tax payers per public servant it means there should only be 490 people living… Read more »

Old Local
Old Local
11 years ago

I have a lot more faith in a focus group of informed citizens than I have in Town staff or our elected officials. Many municipalities have gone bankrupt and survived. I want MLLA to get as little as possible out of this judgement. The last resort should be selling off… Read more »

Realist
Realist
11 years ago

This is a lot like watching them move the deck chairs around on the Titanic. We believe the decision should be put to a REFERENDUM. Take it out of the hands of the people who put us in this situation in the first place. The folks who have no culpability… Read more »

upthecreek
upthecreek
11 years ago
Reply to  Realist

it takes an average of 7 Tax Payers to support one government worker.

remind me again how many public servants we have in mammoth lakes.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
11 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

upthecreek,
Roughly 70.
BK

upthecreek
upthecreek
11 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

it that including the fire, police and courts?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
11 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

The state pays for courts. Not sure about fire but the Town does pay for police and that includes them.
BK

Jake Steel
Jake Steel
11 years ago

I sure hope they call me, they will get an ear full crap. Big city losers screwing mammoth lakes.

Friar Tuck
Friar Tuck
11 years ago

Time for the town of Mammoth Lakes to fold up the circus tent. I have no interest in raising any revenues to feed the elephants any longer. Time to starve the beast that has eaten us out of house and home. Do whatever it takes to dissolve the town government… Read more »

upthecreek
upthecreek
11 years ago
Reply to  Friar Tuck

with gas over 4 dollars the boycott will happen by itself,

Rob
Rob
11 years ago
Reply to  Friar Tuck

Friar Tuck – That’s one of your best post yet!

You hit the nail on the head.

upthecreek
upthecreek
11 years ago
Reply to  Rob

ditto

Joann Lijek
Joann Lijek
11 years ago
Reply to  Friar Tuck

I agree, the town got started just to develop and they hoped, line the pockets of the fortunate few. Mammoth ( both town and the mountain) used to be a cool place before all the money-grubbers got control. There was police and fire protection, and snow removal, what else do… Read more »