We do not need to look at the past. We need to look at the future, and the Headlee Override is our future.. Well that is the gist of what Councilman Ned Apigian said last night at the council meeting while he held up a piece of paper from the Mayors 3 year budget.. Great just throw all of what has happened in the past 3 years over our backs, put our heads in the sand and pretend that none of it ever happened. Thanks Ned for the great advice and I can see that you have not taken one minute to understand anything that has happened in the past to get us to this point.
What was very worrisome to me and a sign of things to come. When he said oh and you do not have to worry about the 10% pay cuts or the furlough days that is not going to happen if we can fix things with the Headlee Override I think the Mayor would like to sell this to the taxpayers as if you do not vote for it we will close the city down. The scare tactics are already on the way just watch the meeting and how the discussion about Headlee was opened up and that say’s it all. You have one person coming here to the blog who was told by a council member that if they do not pass it the city is going into receivership.
We must look at the past to understand how we have gotten here and one of those things to look at is how this administration has run the city. The people out here do not want to give a line of credit to the Mayor to spend as he likes. I think if there was someone else in charge the taxpayers might feel more comfortable giving them money to help the city. There should be accountability for things that have happened maybe we are all responsible in our own little way.. The Mayor and his administration are too, but you will not hear him say that ever. The blame is always placed on someone else or something else and what Councilwoman Horvath said is true, for two years they have not been able to get anything out of this Mayor. That goes for the public it is very hard to trust in someone who has made every effort to hide and mislead the public and the council. Just the way this was presented to the council and the public is a very good indication of how this is going to be handled.
What make’s you think that things are going to be any different now? Over and over again this Mayor has thumbed his nose at the council and the residents why would it be different now? Do I want to believe? Yes I do I want to believe things will be different.
Here are a couple of things the Mayor could do now:
1. Send a memo to the comptroller, and the treasurer that as of today you will be taking a 10% pay cut. Put it on the next agenda and to the Press and Guide.
2. By the Next Council meeting have an account of every penny of the Headlee Money you are going to get if passed by the Voters.. Every Penny from the cover all “general spending” amount that Councilwoman Horvath asked for.
Have just these two things done by the next council meeting and make us believe Mr. Mayor..