The council can’t seriously be considering the Mayors numbers again can they? At least not before they put on their Hip Waders. Not long ago he came before this council and sold them his savings on healthcare. Almost two years later not only is there not a savings the city is paying more. That savings was wrapped up in the patrol officers contract. He came before you (the council) and said you have to sign the contract in-order for the city to realize the healthcare savings. Maybe you forgot this was the same man that sold you a balanced budget based on his numbers passed by the majority of you only to find out later we have a deficit. How many times are you going to do the same thing and expect different results?
When this new plan came before the council it was to keep our senior employees and find a savings for the city. The employee can buy years get their pension and come back to work for the city at half the salary and work full time. A real savings for the city and the employees would still be getting about the same salary as they do now it would be combined pension and salary. Councilman Berry was right at the last meeting when he said this is what was suppose to happen. That’s not how this is turning out.
Council members Badalow and Horvath both have questions and major concerns about this. While councilman Apigan has full confidence in all things the Mayor says and does even he asked the Mayor to show him the savings. Councilwoman Horvath had a spreadsheet of old numbers big surprise you’d think that something this important they (the council) would have every number every employee down to the penny to how much the city will save if they approve this. Something the Mayor should’ve given them well in advance of the meeting.
Those of you who follow along over the years are not surprised at this for those who are new to the city and how things are done let me reassure you this is very typical. The Mayor does one thing very well not give the information to the council to let them make a decision with all the facts. What the Mayor wants to do now is bring back those department heads who take an early out at full salary. Not what the council thought they were agreeing on. He said the reason for this is because the council did not approve giving them 3 years and letting them buy 3 years, but when the council did not agree to the 3 years he decided to offer them full salary.
It’s only been the first reading of the proposed ordinance they (the council) don’t have to have a second reading. They don’t have to agree to letting people come back at full salary. They don’t have to believe what the Mayor is saying . Why would they? The Mayor has a proven track record the numbers are always off, council never has all the information, and he isn’t always the most honest of people. Maybe for once the council will stop hoping for a better result from the same players and proceed with caution.
Just listening to the exchange between him and councilwoman Horvath the red flag went up. She ask for numbers he says for sure, of course we will get those to you just go ahead and have the first reading. What? For goodness sake how many times has he done the same thing. Who’s to say the numbers are even correct when have they been in the last years. Dealing with this man is like walking through a mine field you never know if the foot you put down is going to land on a mine that will Blow.