In an apparent attempt to address growing concerns from constituents about seemingly decreased city services in the 47th Ward, Ald. Ameya Pawar sent an email to constituents Monday evening citing cuts in city funds.
“While I know it is easy to look [at] to how things were, services have been structured unsustainably for many decades,” wrote Pawar. “Service delays are not the result of an aldermanic or mayoral transition but many decades of kicking fiscal responsibility down the road.”
Pawar mentioned three specific services, tree trimming, graffiti removal and rat abatement, all three of which have suffered notable city-wide service reductions in the last six months.
“What allowed the former Mayor and my predecessor to keep service levels steady over the past few years was the sale of parking meters and other assets. The money from those asset sales has been spent. So unless we sell of other assets or re-think government, service levels will continue to decline,” Pawar wrote.
Former 47th Ward Ald. Eugene Schulter, because of his seniority in City Council as well as Chairmanship of the City Council License Committee, received additional funds for staff than many freshman Alderman. As a first-term Alderman, Pawar is working with at least three fewer staffers than Schulter did at retirement.