The Making of an Ordinance…

The making of an ordinance how much does what is the  cost to the city. The city council wanted an opinion from corporation counsel at the last city council meeting. After the clerk was approved to buy years to retire, based on what was negotiated into the AFSCME contract. Approved by the Pension Board and the lawyers who came to  the council to answer any questions that the council might have had. As the Clerk said, “this was all agreed on before,” some council members decided that they needed to have an ordinance put together for this they wanted an opinion from the city’s corporation counsel. More spent on something that was decided on, how much will that cost the taxpayer? Well every hour spent by any attorney including corporation counsel to start with.  The ordinance if passed it must be published in a newspaper to inform the public these are two things that will cost the taxpayer. That is how it should be there very well might be a need for an ordinance to handle this issue, but is this the time to be doing it? Some would think that the Clerk was getting the years for free, the way some on the council are talking they act like these years were handed to her at the city’s expense. Not the case she bought them and not from vacation time, or sick days. She paid for them out of her own pocket from her money. The clerk is an elected official she does not have sick days, or vacation days. In some of the contracts in the city with city employees, they can use their sick days and vacation days that are (banked) to buy the years that they need to take the early out option. In the police contract, they could use these days to buy into the DROP program. Others just cash out their banked sick days and vacation days and get a check. In a contract, the city might give 4 or 5 sick days if not used they can use them to pay for their insurance deductibles. The City Clerk is only doing what was allowed under the contract negotiated by the assistant Mayor. She is not costing the city a dime (she paid.) What is going to cost the taxpayer is the hours spent by the city attorney and the publication of the ordinance.

The making of an ordinance what is the cost to the city. The city council wanted an opinion from corporation counsel at the last city council meeting. After the clerk was approved to buy years to retire based on what was negotiated into the AFSCME contract, approved by the Pension Board and the lawyers who came to  the council to answer any questions that the council might have had. As the Clerk said “this was all agreed on before.” Some council members decided that they needed to have an ordinance put together for this they wanted an opinion from the city’s corporation counsel. More spent on something that was decided on, how much will that cost the taxpayer? Well every hour spent by any attorney including corporation counsel to start with. If, an ordinance is passed it must be published in a newspaper to inform the public. These are two things the taxpayer will be paying for. There very well might be a need for an ordinance to handle this issue, but is this the time to be doing it? Some would think that the Clerk was getting the years for free, the way some are talking they act like these years were handed to her at the city’s expense. Not the case she bought them and not from vacation time, or sick days. She paid for them out of her own pocket from her money. The clerk is an elected official she does not have sick days, or vacation days. In some of the contracts in the city with city employees, they can use their sick days and vacation days that are (banked) to buy the years that they need to take the early out option. In the police contract, they could use these days to buy into the DROP program. Others just cash out their banked sick days and vacation days and get a check. In a contract, the city might give 4 or 5 sick days if not used they can use them to pay for their insurance deductibles. The City Clerk is only doing what was allowed under the contract negotiated by the assistant Mayor. She is not costing the city a dime (she paid.) What it will cost the taxpayer is the hours spent by the city attorney and the publication of the ordinance.

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1 thought on “The Making of an Ordinance…”

  1. Thank you so much for explaining this to us. I was aware of this but could not have explained it as well as you. It is a shame that there always one person on the council that has to make themselves heard with remarks that did not have to be made and then makes it alright by apologising.Shame Shame on that person.

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