On June 3, 2013, the Gilbert Town Council voted 5-2 in favor of a $466 million budget for FY2014. Council Member Victor Petersen voted "NO," which earned him a "PROPER VOTE" rating from Captain Rick Atridim on Atridim News Journal’s Gilbert Council Scorecard.
Captain Rick invited Victor to present guest commentary for the ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL concerning his vote on this important fiscal event. Here is a quote from Council Member Victor Petersen. Please read all of his remarks on Rick’s Guest Commentary:
“The latest budget adoption represents a decrease in government efficiency in Gilbert. One of our strategic initiatives is "High Performing Government," which is a worthy goal but our council has settled for less performance by spending significantly more tax dollars per citizen than in years past.
"It is especially troubling that the data suggests that we are heading off in the same direction that led to the demand for a tax increase which is represented in this graph by the bubble from FY 06 to FY 10."