Yep that’s right guys Headlee Override will be on the Ballot in November. Last night at the council meeting our city council decided to let Headlee go to the Voters by a vote 6 to 1. Councilwoman Van Houten being the one and only NO vote. Yes without knowing the full plan for how the money is going to be used. Councilwoman Horvath said she had concerns about where the Mayor was going to spend a remaining portion of the money left after sanitation, police, and fire. This after she opened the discussion with “if we do not do this the city will close its doors.”. Much was said about the fact that yet again something was being brought before the council at the last-minute with a we have to pass this or else. There is no time to waste on this, no time for discussion, nothing taken to the public we are only paying for it. Councilwoman Van Houten said that there has been talk of this for months, but the council is only just now getting this for a vote.
So the council votes to let the public decide if they want their taxes raised as Councilwoman Janet Badalow put it. They are letting this go to the public even though they do not know where the Mayor is going to be spending all of the money. So why let it go before the public for a vote when you (the council) do not know how he is going to be spending our money. When I say our money that includes the Council they pay taxes here too so why would you not at least have an understanding of how the money is going to be spent before you put it to us (the voters.) As I said before I do not envy the position they are in and after tonight I envy it even less, but and there is always a but. The question remains why vote for something you are not 100% sure about.
The Mayor tonight pledged that he was going to cut is salary by 10% just like he is asking others to do in the city. Thank you Mr. Mayo, the others in the city who are being asked to make the 10% cut are not on board about this at all. Here is what one person said to me tonight, “I work and live in the city so this man (the Mayor) want’s to cut my salary by 10% and at the same time raise my taxes is he out of his mind?” Not everyone who works and lives in the city feels the same way though one man said that he has lived her for 40 years and has worked for the city for 25 years. He is willing to pay more to keep the city running. Many at last nights meeting had similar sentiments about being willing to pay, but others asked for the city to stop spending money on things that are not necessary. To live with in our means, not with in the budget.
I love this city I have called it home for 19 years of my life that may not be as long as many of you, but still that is a large part of my life and I am proud to say I live here. I do not want to watch my city fall apart, and it is, there is no getting around that. Ray Muskat is 100% right when he say’s this city looks like hell it does. No matter how much Jim Lynch would like to yell at everyone for asking for cuts or for asking the ordinances be enforced to make sure that everyone takes care of their property. No Mr. Lynch I do not have to clean up someone else property while they are living in it. You want us to take care of our neighborhoods we are not talking about abandoned homes here we are talking about personal responsibility for the home you are living in.. Some of the homes around here look like hell but I can not go and fix someone else fence that is falling down.. Sorry just had to touch on that a little because this city already looks like everyone has given up on it and we should not.
Now back to the subject at hand, I am not saying I am for Headlee or against it, but here is what I have to say so far. If you want the taxpayers to pay more money than I would ask just for me that there is a time limit on this that is first thing I ask. This can not be open-ended and every time the Mayor falls short on his budget he can just come back and take more from us to balance it. In the last two years the Mayor has submitted two balanced budget that the council has approved. The last budget barely past by a vote of 4 . How much is this going to cost us, and yes Mr. Mayor what are you going to be spending the money on. While it may be true that every city around us is dealing with the same thing we should be trend setters in how we are going to deal with what is happening in the city. One thing is for sure the city can not cut its way out of this, revenue is what the doctor has ordered here. How do we get more revenue well we need some ideas, yep you have an idea for revenue call the council and let them know. Here is an idea how many properties out there are being rented off the books there are many properties rented and they are not registered with the city as rental properties. I am not saying this will generate millions, but it is something. Like Councilwoman Horvath said I have some cost saving ideas they may be small but several small things add up to big savings. If you have any Ideas no matter how small of a savings it might bring or an Idea for getting some revenue please put them up here or email your council members. We are invested in this city just by having our homes here.
I would ask that the administration stop with the threats to the employees of the city. Stop with the you either do this or else crap.. To the ATTM (assistant to the Mayor) stop with the Union busting talk running around the city saying that “We are busting up these Unions.) People have enough to worry about these day they do not need hear you on top of everything else. Many of us do not like to here this is being done to people who are trying to make a living. It is so easy for you to say these things you with your $60,000.00 a year job your car paid for by the city for the last 6 years (no car payment for you) gas paid for by the city, car insurance paid for by the city (no monthly payment for you) no car maintenance for you. How would you feel if someone was on your back threatening you with you job, your benefits. Try if you can just for one moment to put yourself in someone’s shoes for just a fraction of a minute of your day. Imagine if you could how it would feel to have someone with the stroke of a pen take everything away from you. Just knock it off.
More post to come about this subject..