Keep sending in the information. I like to hear all the information before voting. Then we will have to decide what is fact and what is bull.
I do think mistakes were made on the ice arena and the closing of the IKO plant.
As I previously stated , IF YOU WANT FACTS instead of gossip regarding the status and cure of the City of Monroe : Go to their web site and really study the results of the Operational Assessment.
I attended a meeting recently that sadly informed that IF we follow ALL of the measures regarding the cure to our financial problems --we will still be well over a million short of being within budget.
If you were the head of a company with the kind of very revealing "sleeping at the switch" problems of lack of leadership and management we have had for decades--you would probably start cleaning house.
The city spends 85 cents or better of every dollar for wages and benefits to their employees---this must be changed!!
For the rest of us to expect to live in a city that spends so little of their remaining tax dollars for maintenance of our infrastructure and capital improvements and think that our streets and forward progress of the city will improve is truly a" pipe dream".
When a nest has been feathered without question during the numerous years of "milk and honey days" it is rather discomforting to remove soft cushy excess feathers from the nest---but that is the ultimate cure. We are over staffed and under funded--you tell me an alternative??The private sector where most of us reside are faced with job loss,down sizing, reduction in wages and benefits, etc. Do we feel the public sector should be exempt from the same adjustments the rest of us are making???
Leadership requires making tough decisions during tough times and those decisions must be shared by the city of Monroe elected officials, department heads ,union leadership and employees if we are to remedy a problem that is not one individuals fault but has culminated over a period of years.
We can point an accusing finger or we can research the initial remedy ( Operational Assessment ) and take the doctor's prescription for cure instead of what I am seeing , which is ,delaying radical city saving surgery for a later date and hope the life threatening illness goes away.
It is no mistake that the city of Monroe has a disproportionate number of houses and property for sale or vacate as opposed to the rest of the county : The direct result of the way people view property taxes paid as opposed to services received and quality of life and future.
The ones who will scream the loudest are the city of Monroe employees who receive above average and more in the way of salary, wages and benefits---but when they are complaining about having to take the same adjustments all of us in the private sector are already doing---ask them where they live ( for you see most of them have elected to live OUTSIDE the city and are not helping to fund their positions.
I wish we had another way and many of the employees are personal acquaintances that I like --but we are either in this together to resolve as quickly and even handed relating to sacrafice or it becomes a free for all with no winners and everone losing.
J. Pat Mc Elligott