You can say you are not interested in “these things” these things being the way the city runs. You are not into the Details I think I have had just about enough of one of our council members who does understand nor is he taking the time to understand what is going on in our city. On more than one occasion Councilman Ned Apigian has said to several people that he does not understand all “this stuff”. Yet he is fully prepared to vote “YES” on a Headlee Override why because the “city needs the money”..
If he would take five minutes to pay attention to what is going on in this city he would realize what the Mayor is asking for and before the Mayor has even cut one cent from his own budget.. Not just this year but for the Past Three Budgets the Mayor has asked for cuts from every department, but not his own… If you are a concerned council member and have been interested in what is going on with our city you would have been going to council meeting since 2009 and would have been to the budget meetings for the last budget. You would have versed yourself in our budget and what is going on in the city..
There maybe a lot that I do not understand, but just as a taxpayer I have taken the time to learn what I can.. I sat for hours with Councilwoman Badalow who was very generous with her time to go over not this budget, but the budget for 2009-2010. Many others in our city look at the budget and make sure they understand what is going on with it and what is happening in our city.. To have a Councilman act as if this is all a waste of his time and just vote Yes because the city needs money.. The fact that the city needs money is not in dispute, but what the people are concerned about and mad about is what this Mayor is going to do with this money..
When and if Headlee override if put on the ballot and passed by the voters, when is it set to expire? Did he even set a Sun Set Clause? When is he going to put into effect the changes he said he is going to make? Why has he not lowered his salary? Did he have to give up his longevity? Why even when the city way back when was having problems did he insist on having a car that cost us $800.00 a month. Has Councilman Apigian even asked these questions. Has he taken the time?
I did not use this blog in the last election when I ran against him. I have stayed away from commenting or writing about him here in the months since the election. I did not want to be perceived as a (sore loser), but guys I can not sit back and not say something about someone who is so willing to vote yes when he fully admits he does not “understand all of this stuff” his words.
Mr. Apigian has been on the council since November of 2010 that is nine months, nine months to get a handle on these things the basic would be the budget..Tonight the Headlee override is on the Agenda I do not know if the council will be Voting on it tonight or not if not tonight than next council meeting for sure. I am very interested in the discussion tonight. I do not envy the Council and the decision they have to make many thing have to be taken in to consideration before any of what the Mayor is asking for are put into action..