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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Financial Update ?

Financial Update ? 

Well wonders of wonders, the budget to actual was just released to the Advisory Committee as part of the Quarter 2 update.  Please note that the figures in the BvA are current as of 12/31/16 - a month ago. The Quarter 2 Report was dated 1/19/17.

Areas of concern:

So Snow & Ice is running a deficit as of 12/31/16. Unemployment is running low and will need a transfer from the Reserve account sometime in March - should be interesting.

Other transfers that may be needed - Town Counsel, Inspection services pay ( isn't that the office of developmental whatyoumacallit?) Long term debt principal/interest may need "further adjustment". 


Long term debt principal/interest may need "further adjustment". 


Isn't the next MFOB meeting March 8th? Shouldn't we know what "further adjustments" need to be made to our long term debt principal/interest BEFORE the Town of Templeton takes on an additional 

$47 million dollars of debt for the elementary school?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Rattlesnake Meeting

Rattlesnake Meeting



6:30 PM

Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs

Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs

Something to think about.

Snow and Ice Deficit Spending

Snow and Ice Deficit Spending

The Municipal Modernization Act changed the way communities do "business". One of the changes was how to handle deficit spending for Snow and Ice. The request to deficit spend the Snow and Ice account used to come before the Advisory Committee at a public meeting. Now this process has been changed to allow the chief administrator of the community to make the decision to deficit spend the Snow and Ice account.

From the most recent Town Administrator Report (1.26.17):

 So the town administrator made the decision to allow the highway to deficit spend the Snow and Ice account an additional $15,000.


Because the Snow and Ice account was used to pay for the purchase of a used truck ( $19,000) as well as the screening of sand ($17,500) and to repair the screening equipment. 

The only way to determine that the Snow and Ice account is running a deficit is that the accountant has run a recent Budget to Actual(BvA) report. Glory be! Looks like the town administrator has a copy of the most the recent BvA .

Maybe if the Advisory Committee grovels appropriately, the committee will be given a copy of the most recent BvA so it can do its job!

Meetings the Week of January 30, 2017

Meetings the Week of January 30, 2017

Monday  1/30/17
BOS                                   Sr Drive                        6:00 pm

Wednesday 2/1/17
Economic                         PCS Town Hall*           9:00 am        
Adv. Com.                        PCS Town Hall*           6:00 pm canceled


Thursday 2/2/17
Open Space                    PCS Town Hall*            6:30 pm

* Pauly Cosentino Sr. Town Hall

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trump Warns Flu Shots Are The Greatest ‘Scam’ In Medical History

Trump Warns Flu Shots Are The Greatest ‘Scam’ In Medical History

The flu shot is a scam, created by Big Pharma to make money off vulnerable people and make them sick, warns President Trump.

The flu shot is the greatest scam in medical history, created by Big Pharma to make money off vulnerable people and make them sick, warns President Donald Trump.

In an interview with Opie and Anthony on Sirius XM, Trump slammed flu shots as “totally ineffective” and declared that he has never had one.

I’ve never had one. And thus far I’ve never had the flu. I don’t like the idea of injecting bad stuff into your body. And that’s basically what they do. And this one (latest flu vaccine) has not been very effective to start off with.

I have friends that religiously get the flu shot and then they get the flu. You know, that helps my thinking. I’ve seen a lot of reports that the last flu shot is virtually totally ineffective.

Trump is right – flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history. They are full of “bad stuff” including formaldehyde and mercury – two powerful neurotoxins – and the vaccine industry even admits that laboratory tests prove the popular jab does not work.

Why is a toxic, medical hoax, backed by nothing but voodoo faith-based dogma and clever marketing, pushed on the whole population every year?

Vaccines are the one medicine where no scientific evidence of safety or efficacy is required by anyone: not the FDA, not the CDC and not the media. Congress even passed a law protecting the vaccine industry with absolute legal immunity, even when they manufacture and sell defective products that injure and kill people.

And vaccine manufacturers have been lying to us for years about toxic levels of mercury in flu shots.
Everybody knows mercury is toxic to inject into the human body. That’s not debated except by irrational anti-science denialists.

So why won’t manufacturers remove the mercury? And why does Big Pharma continue to push a product that the vaccine industry admits does not even work?

From Comments:

Millionaires and Tin Foil Hats

When The Rich Become Preppers, It's Time To Worry

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

NRA Backs Challenge to Massachusetts Gun Ban
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action is proud to announce its financial and legal support of a lawsuit challenging Massachusetts's unconstitutional ban on many of the most popular semi-automatic rifles sold and possessed.
“This lawsuit would not have come to fruition without the financial support of the National Rifle Association,” said Jim Wallace, executive director, Gun Owners' Action League (GOAL).
The lawsuit, brought by Dr. David Worman, GOAL, and others, challenges a 20-year ban on what gun control advocates wrongly refer to as “assault rifles.”
Recently, the state’s attorney general expanded that ban to include even more firearms and standard capacity magazines. Because of this expansion, tens of thousands of firearms that were legally transferred in Massachusetts for the last 20 years are now prohibited.
“Banning firearms because of the way they look or operate is unconstitutional and undermines the fundamental, individual right to self-protection," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action."
The National Rifle Association supports this lawsuit. On behalf of our five million members, we applaud the brave citizens who stepped forward to oppose this attack on our constitutional rights.” The suit was filed Monday afternoon in the United States District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at NRA on Facebook and Twitter @NRA.
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Best Comments from the week..

From "The 1M dollar Question":


  1. Years ago, Gladys Salame told me that "there was a plan in place to ruin the Town" because someone was fired. This plan was payback for what this person took as a personal attack on their loved one. Looks like this plan has worked very, very well.
  2. So how happy are we with the electric bills now that we can't borrow due to the debt the deals the TMLWP have us in. Will they ge us even further in the hole with the battery park they are looking into.
    Sterling has one and it was 1.3 million investment with grants to help pay for it.
    If they can't explain why their so far in the hole we should clean house and start a different process to show us whats going on and point out the lies we were told.
    That debt doesn't affect the town it enterprise debt.
    If they don't pay it we will have to.
    So if we sold the Light plant we could shake off the debt we/they have built up.
    It's like purchasing a new car and trading in the old one you can do without.
    At one time the light plant made sense and costs were under control but now its a money grab take care of themselves.
    No pilot proves that point.
    As Cramer says Sell Sell Sell
    Want a new school? Think about it. It could be a road map to a shiny new school,lower town debt and less bullshit for the town to have to put up with.
    More to come!! Listen in!!!
  3. David,

    Question for you. Right now according to stated numbers Templeton distribution rate is .0477 per kwh. National Grids is .09934.

    Personally I feel Templeton Electricity and service is a Jewel for the town. Outages fixed in short order, reasonable electric rates by comparison. Selling an asset for a liability seems less than ideal.

    I would be 100% against selling the Templeton Light for this poorly thought out, overpriced school plan
  4. As we all know the town get very little from the TMLWP that we don't pay for. Many costs are born for the Jewel to exist and laws don't get followed. If you want to look at a nickel and hide from the risks and costs we have due to the way we let them run thats ok.
    I for one don't. The risk is this looking at the chapter 164 laws point out clearly if the investments we have with the MMWEC Nuke projects ever have a problem as in MELTDOWN or storage leakage we are on the hook for the clean up.
    Unlimited exposure and risk are what we get for the nickel saved.
    When Other power companies bill you they pay tax on the profits and shareholders get income also.
    The state owned MMWEC are the ones who spread the risks via the Municipal owned power companies. So the state takes care of the plants they have control of and provide the funds to let the rich purchase tax free income bonds as they wash each others hands.
    Scratch each others backs. It was a good deal when the PILOT was paid on a regular basis but now they cry poverty and promise this and that and we get nothing but a little free power. That's at their cost around .06 without the extras we pay. The contracts for purchase power are not for you to see and are not on file here when i asked for a copy. They are kept at MMWEC and the reasons are as i stated above,the risks. How about the shut down costs for a nuke plant? One doesn't just switch off and walk away. No No that's your nickel save um up you could need them any day.
    If your grid unprotected i might add, were ever in failure and unable to provide power would you pay the bill when they send it? The town is on the hook for the bills for all investments and bonds they sold to finance these investments and the town has no control of them in any way.
    All that for a NICKEL!
    That National Grid bill others pay has no strings,hooks or risks involved. NONE.
    So the thing with us as owners/shareholders/taxpayers/what ever you choose for a title is we can't walk away. We will need to pay.
    Who would want to own a house in Templeton if we have a burden in our tax bills to support the added costs of the risks that can easily occur.
    It's not just a light bill it's the whole towns risk factor.
    The more eggs you juggle the higher the risks of failure.
    Why after over 100 years are the light plants books in so much debt?
    Is it the Nickel they have not charged us to make people think they are a better deal the cause of it?
    Please don't ask they get upset when people do that sort of thing.
    No FOIA request there ether. All department FOIA requests are to go through the Selectman office where they will tell you the light department of TEMPLETON told them no! When asked about the contracts the auditing authority are to have for public view they say no.
    Transparency? You tell me?
    I'd rather pay the Nickel!

  5. So how happy are the people in the Graves complex area after the Light Department were drilling for a new pole and hit the water main?
    I bet the repairs for the water main were more than a Nickel!
    Who gets the Bill for that?
    Yup the rate payers!

NRSD did test the water for lead and copper!

NRSD did test the water for lead and copper!
 Good News!

Open Space Listening Session February 2, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

So when will NRSD test the water for lead?

America's Water Wars - Conflict Is Coming

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Submitted by Farron Cousins via,

On January 16, 2016, President Obama declared a federal emergency for the city of Flint, Michigan, over the contamination of the city’s drinking water.

One year later, not only is the city still struggling to provide clean sources of water to the Michigan city’s population, but the plight of residents in Flint has opened up the conversation about a water crisis in the United States that very few people even knew existed.

The sad story of Flint, Michigan, gained national attention because it was a crisis that was entirely avoidable, at least for the time being. Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was looking for ways to cut costs, so he hired an outside manager to come up with ideas on how to do that.

Unfortunately, one of the ideas that was put into action was to change the source of Flint’s drinking water from the Detroit water system to the Flint River, which was known to be heavily polluted. When that contaminated water hit the city’s aging water delivery infrastructure, the chemicals interacted with the lead pipes, causing dangerous levels of lead contamination for residents who did not have water filters.

The problem with Flint, and the problem with many water delivery systems throughout the United States, is that lead pipes are time bombs.
Like most metals, lead will break down over time, especially when it is exposed to corrosive water throughout its existence. When you have close to 1.2 million miles of lead pipes for water delivery in America — pipes that only have a lifespan of about 75 years and many are reaching that age — you have a recipe for disaster that experts warn will cost close to $1 trillion to fix.

The only reason that the crisis in Flint, Michigan, was brought to the public’s attention was because of one woman, a pediatrician named Mona Hanna-Attisha, who began noticing the symptoms of lead poisoning in an extremely large number of children from Flint. Dr. Hanna-Attisha went public with this information, which prompted investigations from civil engineers, leading to the unveiling of the problem. At the time of Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s discovery, the contaminated water had been flowing through taps in Flint for two years.

Sadly, Flint is just a tiny piece in a much larger story. Likely the reason the crisis in Flint made national headlines is because of the level of political incompetence that went along with it. But the story did wake people up to the idea that dangerous water could be anywhere, and that led to investigations by reporters who uncovered one of the potentially most overlooked stories of 2016.

On December 19, 2016, Reuters released a startling report about America’s drinking water. Reuters’ investigation concluded that there were nearly 3,000 other locales in the United States where the lead contamination in drinking water was at least double the rates found in Flint’s drinking water. These were not areas where the contamination was the same, or even slightly elevated. No, these 3,000 areas have contamination levels that came in at least twice as high as Flint.
From the Reuters report:
The poisoned places on this map stretch from Warren, Pennsylvania, a town on the Allegheny River where 36 percent of children tested had high lead levels, to a zip code on Goat Island, Texas, where a quarter of tests showed poisoning. In some pockets of Baltimore, Cleveland and Philadelphia, where lead poisoning has spanned generations, the rate of elevated tests over the last decade was 40 to 50 percent.

Like Flint, many of these localities are plagued by legacy lead: crumbling paint, plumbing, or industrial waste left behind. Unlike Flint, many have received little attention or funding to combat poisoning.

To identify these locations, Reuters examined neighborhood-level blood testing results, most of which have not been previously disclosed. The data, obtained from state health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tracks poisoning rates among children tested in each location.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 2.5 percent of children in the United States have elevated levels of lead in their blood, a direct result of drinking contaminated water.

The World Health Organization, as reported by the Huffington Post, says that infants and small children may exhibit no signs of lead poisoning in their early years, but that the effects of lead on brain development become evident in adolescence. According to the Huffington Post:
Once kids reach school age, cognition problems, including lower IQ and ADHD-like symptoms start to show up. Lead exposure has been linked to physical problems, such as anemia, kidney dysfunction and high blood pressure, as well as behavioral problems, including aggressive behavior and problems with the criminal justice system.
We should also note that in these studies of contamination, researchers focused only on lead contamination. The levels of other toxins such as mercury, arsenic, and commercial and household chemical contamination could potentially make the water in these areas and others far more toxic than this set of data indicates.

Complicating matters further is the fact that testing children for lead contamination typically falls on states and municipalities, and that funding is drying up quickly. In short, states not only lack the funds to repair their aging water infrastructure, but they also lack the necessary funds to study the negative effects of that aging water delivery system on the public.

While the widespread contamination should raise alarm bells for every American, what might be even more terrifying is the fact that analysts are predicting that in a few decades, we’ll be lucky if we can even afford to drink contaminated water.

Brains are being harmed by bad policy

Brains are being harmed by bad policy–EPA put on notice to follow rules and protect citizens

Fluoride Action Network


Source: Press Release: Moms Against Fluoridation | January 25th, 2017
Is the rampant increase of brain and behavioral issues such as cognitive deficits, autistic spectrum disorders and ADHD linked to drinking fluoride or exposure in utero? A coalition of national groups, including the nonprofit Moms Against Fluoridation (MAF), has served Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Petition demanding that the agency follow its own rules on neurotoxicity and ban artificial water fluoridation.

Providing deep scientific evidence of harm that fluoride now poses to the brain, including the fetal brain, this Petition includes over 2,500 pages of supporting scientific documentation. The effects range from IQ deficits, neurobehavioral effects, mitochondrial and chemical changes, to worrisome harm of the developing fetal brain.

“The science is in,” states MAF Leadership, “and people have got to stop assuming that drinking these chemicals is safe. It’s not, and the evidence is powerful, extensive, and redundant. We want action by this Agency and not Flint-like complacency about brains and health.”

The Petition was filed under TSCA, which gives the EPA the responsibility to prohibit the “particular use” of a chemical that presents an “unreasonable risk” to the general public. The Petition spotlights the scientific evidence that fluoride presents health risks in over 190 new scientific studies.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Preliminary FY 18 Cherry Sheet and Chapter 70

Preliminary FY 18 Cherry Sheet and Chapter 70

The governor's budget figures were released yesterday. For Templeton:

 Unrestricted General Gov't Aid (Local Aid) increased about $52,000 from FY 17 ($1,340,791) to FY 18 ($1,393,082). Still doesn't look like enough in local aid for the MFOB to approve borrowing $47 million dollars.

Why has Veterans Benefits been cut in half? FY 17 $ 120,318 to FY 18 $60,432 ?

Chapter 70 (school funding):

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Open? Honest? Transparent? NOT!

Open? Honest? Transparent?   NOT!

This is getting very interesting. What could these legal invoices be hiding? Why are they not being released after numerous request?

This LETTER arrived in the mail today from the Public Records Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. I'm still looking for the legal invoices from town counsel from August 2016 to October 2016. 

The Town has once again been ordered to provide me with a privilege log regarding the redactions and must specifically explain how the exemptions apply to each individual legal invoice that has been redacted...

Funny thing is once upon a time when I made similar requests, I got the entire unredacted legal invoice.

Now I know what the problem is, I should ask Kate Fulton for permission before I do anything. 

Have a great day!

Revolving Funds

Revolving Funds

Last year the town was informed that "we weren't doing revolving funds correctly".  Maybe this bulletin from the Division of Local Services (DLS) will shed some light.


Freezing Rain !

Freezing Rain !

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The $1M Dollar Question...

The $1.4M Dollar Question...

You have to be able to pay for it. 

If the MFOB request is approved in March, Templeton has to be able to pay for the guaranteed state bonds in order to build the (ill-fated) elementary school .

Templeton's local aid from the state will be used to pay for these bonds - around $1.4 million dollars. The same $1.4 M dollars is currently being used to pay for Templeton's operating costs. 

From information provided by the Templeton selectmen back in July of 2016 there is a $1M deficit for FY 13:

It's anyone's guess what the deficits will be for FY 14, FY 15 and FY 16. Won't know until the audits are COMPLETED.

Benghazi Whistleblowers

Benghazi Whistleblowers

We are whistleblowers as eye witnesses to the war crimes committed in Libya by Hillary Clinton. We are the official spokespersons for the tribes of Libya and have given actionable intelligence on the ground in Libya to the DIA who agent (Eric Maddox) was in our home many times. We have also had the FBI and CIA in our home (the CIA was brought into our home by Glenn Becks production company “The Blaze”) The CIA lady told us if we did not shut up about Libya we would have no life, at that point we went public. We brought back from Libya with us, 2 Gb of proof of the war crimes committed by Clinton and her NATO partners. We have proof that the Libyan war was started by a lie and was a false flag. We also know that Clinton and Obama have been supplying the terrorists in Libya with arms, money and mercenaries since 2011. We stay in touch daily with the tribes of Libya.

Who are James and Joanne Moriarty? Our story intro

Monday, January 23, 2017

Brookfield town officials see red over controversial sign

Brookfield town officials see red over controversial sign

BROOKFIELD - When it comes to stirring up controversy, John David Holdcraft is old-school.
Instead of tweets or Facebook, Mr. Holdcraft, who is not a fan of computers and has no email, makes his opinions known for all who pass by on the busiest thoroughfare in town, Route 9, on an 8-foot-by 4-foot double-sided sign.

Whether a crusader for truth or an out-of-control curmudgeon, the outspoken and unapologetic Mr. Holdcraft is not afraid to take town officials to task.

In early 2009, then Selectmen James W. Allen and Rudolf "Rudy" Heller started complaining about Mr. Holdcraft's display of political opinions and criticism of town officials. Mr. Holdcraft often mentioned them by name on the sign.

However, on March 24, 2009, selectmen announced their "hands are tied" when it came to attempting to silence Mr. Holdcraft.

Through the years, his controversial postings include: "Following Rudys Policies is like drinking Jim Jones KoolAid!" (February 2008); "Back in the day, (Selectmen) Peter (O'Connell) & Rudy (Heller) would have been tarred and feather (sic)" (September 2011); and "This Beth person don't fly straight. Deceitful & Phony to boot" (May 2014), referring to Beth L. Coughlin, who is openly gay, ran against Stephen J. Comtois II for selectman (and lost by three votes) and served as the Advisory Board Committee with Mr. Holdcraft.

The Advisory Committee Chairman, Mr. Holdcraft said the sign posting about Ms. Coughlin had nothing to do with her sexual orientation but rather her allegedly not telling the truth about town politics. Either way, Ms. Coughlin, who no longer serves in a town position, said she believes the 2014 posting was an attack on her sexuality or her character.

"Face to face, all the time that I had working directly with him on the Advisory Committee, he and I were actually, relatively speaking, respectful of one another," Ms. Coughlin said. "The only point of contention he and I had was when I ran for selectman, him putting up what I consider a slur up on his sign … I thought what he put up there was abhorrent, unprofessional and not in keeping with how we should be treating each other in public."

Ms. Coughlin said Mr. Holdcraft's actions were very intimidating and she believes it detracted from people getting the job done and involved in municipal government.

Early on Mr. Holdcraft has insisted that town officials are trying to trample his First Amendment rights.

At the Dec. 13 meeting of selectmen, Selectman Clarence R. Snyder said he asked that his name to be removed from the sign but Mr. Holdcraft refused. Recent sign messages have included, "Clarence Snyder is hiding the truth behind the wall with his lies" and "Clarence Snyder You Cannot Negotiate the Truth."

"He (Mr. Snyder) doesn't tell the truth on what goes on in our town," Mr. Holdcraft said, refusing to be specific. "He supports the bad town employees. When they do bad actions and they are not accountable for their actions, he steps in and protects them."

"Mr. Holdcraft has the right to have the sign. He's permitted to have the sign and has the right in the perspective of the First Amendment to say what he wishes to say," Mr. Snyder said in the December meeting.

"On the other hand, he is also a representative of the town and given that he is a representative of the town, certainly decorum is necessary. And I do not believe that naming names on the sign suggesting that a particular selectman is lying, or otherwise, is appropriate behavior," Mr. Snyder said.

But Mr. Holdcraft counters, "What they're trying to do here is to tie me as being a town employee so they can say you're out of control with your sign and you're causing a hostile environment for town employee through my sign."

He added, "But they don't understand that they can't connect that sign with me and the town because that's my private property. What I do with my sign is freedom of speech."

In the same December meeting, Mr. Snyder handed Mr. Holdcraft a typed letter, which alleged, "Your continued behavior to list names of town employees and related defamatory remarks on your signage along Route 9 creates a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment is a form of harassment."

In response, Mr. Holdcraft picked up a metal wastebasket in a corner of the room, slammed it on the table next to Mr. Snyder and threw the letter into the wastebasket, without glancing at its contents.
"It was a statement, and I made a good statement, and now everybody's saying, 'Oh, now I see why, because everything Clarence says is going to go into the trash' because you reprimand me for my freedom of speech on my own private property," Mr. Holdcraft said. "And what's funny is, I was doing this sign before these people put me on this finance board. The selectmen appointed me on this board and I've been on and off this board three times."

Mr. Holdcraft and Mr. Snyder's stormy relationship goes back many years. In 2009, the Board of Registrars investigated whether Mr. Holdcraft lived in town or in Sturbridge after a complaint from Mr. Snyder. At the time Mr. Holdcraft called the questioning of his residency a "witch hunt." On April 30, 2009, the Board of Registrars agreed Mr. Holdcraft is a resident of Brookfield and can legally cast his ballot.

In December, Mr. Snyder asked that town counsel (KP Law) opine whether Mr. Holdcraft is a town employee and if his acts constitute creating a "hostile work environment."

Mr. Holdcraft countered, "I'm not a town employee. I'm a volunteer, 100 percent volunteer."

"If you want to stay off the sign, tell the truth," he advised.

Meetings the Week of January 23, 2017

Meetings the Week of January 23, 2017

Monday  1/23/17
BOS                                    PCS Town Hall*                 6:30 pm

Tuesday 1/24/17
Adv. Com.                          Sr. Center **                          6:00 pm
BOS                                   Sr. Center **                           6:00 pm
Sewer                                 Sr. Center **                           6:00 pm
Scout Hall                          PCS Town Hall*                   6:00 pm 
Planning                            PCS Town Hall*                    6:30 pm 

Thursday 1/26/17

Berkshire Wind                   Shrewsbury                       10:00 am
Berkshire Wind                   Shrewsbury                       11:00 am

* Pauly Cosentino Sr. Town Hall

 ** See Money Grab
and Ugly Finances

Time for a Money Grab  from the Sewer department!