Gutting city departments is what is going on right now in the city. Take a long close look at the clerk’s office there is going to be one person. Your heard it one person at the end of March one, why would these people all of sudden decide to leave. They will hire another sec for the council when, it is mid February. There will be an election in November to replace the clerk. The deputy clerk is leaving and so is the council secretary. Women that have been with the city for so many years are getting out. They are taking early outs is the work environment that toxic? The fact that they do not know if the mayor is going to cut their position I am sure has a lot to do with it too. The clerk’s office is the keeper of all the records for the city. They are a money generating department they handle all the licenses that you have pay for in the city.
Move on to the revenue generating building department. There is going to be one person yes just one person who is going to do the paper work in that department. That is all that will be left from three to one the others are taking early outs. Not like they had much of a choice a women whom has been with the city for 22 years with very little thought to that was told your position is being eliminated. Take the early out or kiss 22 years good bye there is not an online system in place to do some of these things online. You can not fill out online a form let’s say for a Banner. You can print it out and fill it out take it into the city and pay there.
If we had a system in place that would let someone fill out the form online, pay for it and submit it. The ordinance officer could then go by the address listed on the application, to see that the banner was taken down in time. All of this is done at the counter of the building department, and now with just one person taking care of this. This is a department that makes money for the city. How many if any positions have been eliminated in the top heavy police department? I can bet not even one. What positions have been eliminated from the recreation department. This department is one of the first to go in other cities. The whole department eliminated now before you all start yelling at your computer I am not saying that should happen here. What I am saying is before you start Gutting… revenue- generating departments look at departments that are not generating anything for the city.
Even before doing that you should have started with rolling the salary increases back, given two years ago to your department heads. Yes folks two years ago during this financial storm the mayor gave salary increases. Now instead of rolling that back he would rather get ride of someone who has been with the city for 22 years. People that just walked into the city 6 years ago are eliminating a person’s job, a person that has been with the city double the time that the mayor has been the mayor. Double the time his assistant who earns $60,000.00 a year. What if anything has the mayor cut in his own department? Nothing he has not cut one dam thing form his department. His assistant I see is driving a new city car, the assistant mayor has not had a salary cut. His assistant has not been put on part time. He has his part time secretary, his full time ex sec, and the assistant mayor. Did the mayor take any kind of pay cut? Even 10% pay cut, hell no he did not. Do not forget his $800.00 a month car, that “by the way” is going to be coming up. Is he going to come and ask for another new car? Last time everyone was so shocked to think of our mayor driving a Ford Focus. So what millions of people drive them last time I looked he was not better than any one of us. I think this time just take away the dam car give him $400.00 a month and let him drive his own car. Just like most other cities do oh “gasp” how shocking.
That is just my opinion let me know what you think. Please call your city council members and ask them what they are going to do about our budget. Ask your council members what they are going to put forth. The council holds the purses strings.