The current mayor, council, and administration that presides over us is a failure. It is clear.
Their budget - disastrous. Their ideas - old, dull, and unsuccessful.
It is their duty as the elected and appointed officials of our city to do whatever necessary to fix whatever crisis may appear to them. They were met with a sort of budget crisis, if you will. Before thinking about making cuts, they brazenly came to the people to ask for more money.
They wanted to raise taxes by adding 1.85 mills for the next 10 years - the people said NO. They wanted to borrow $10 million - the people said NO.
Let me make this clear - I VOTED YES ON BOTH PROPOSALS. Why? Because I sincerely feel that if those are the only ideas they can come up with, we might as well jump on board because this administration is clearly too lazy to FIRST look at the budget and make some necessary cuts! The administration isn’t going to fix the city, obviously - they are too incompetent to do so. So, since they were passing the responsibility onto the taxpayers, I thought we might as well vote to pass the proposals... I mean, something has to be done, right?
Well, there’s a lot that could’ve been done before asking the people to pay more taxes. Just to name a few...
- Cut salaries and benefits to this blundering administration.
- Eliminate the position of City Clerk.
- Postpone less needed expenditures (i.e. new vehicles, new carpeting, new cameras).
- Postpone adding staff.
- And stop the parties that are costing the TAXPAYERS thousands of dollars!
They overlooked all of this, and instead tried to raise our taxes.
The only ideas they came up with to fix our budget and to fix up our city - REJECTED. What we need to do is make necessary cuts to the budget if we want to be able to fix our roads and keep our services. It’s time to trim the fat around here! And all this administration can come up with is to raise our taxes? It’s ridiculous!
This is a prime example of failed leadership. These people need to go! Most of them have been where they are for too dang long! Their ideas are old. Their leadership has failed.
Three of the council members and Mr. Mayor-For-Life Novitke are up for reelection in 2013. We need to show them that we’re not going to put up with their incompetence for any longer. We need to show them that we want new ideas, and that we’re not going to put up with the status quo any longer.
Look at what the city has turned into under their leadership. We’ve got roads that resemble those of Detroit. We’ve seen turmoil and anguish from residents at a failed “town hall” meeting. We’re seeing mass distrust of our elected and appointed officials. This has got to stop.
Now that the millage proposal has come and gone, it’s clear that the administration is not working. In 2013, (yes, I’m already looking ahead to 2013) vote for change, vote for fresh faces, vote against the status quo, and vote to get these incompetent "leaders" out of office.