For the sake of being boringly repetitive , I implore you one more time to go to the City of Monroe web page and pull up the "Operational Assessment" and read the results from a unbias outside source.Although looking at other towns being a yardsick of measurement , I reside ,pay taxes and conduct business in Monroe , so Monroe is MY CONCERN not other places where I don't have a vested interest.
J. Pat Mc Elligott
Mr, McElligott, I have read the operational assessment. I cannot find where it states the city spends "85 cents or better of every dollar for employee wages and benefits". Again, where did you obtain that figure?
I cannot find where it states city employees are "padding their salary, wages and benefits". I believe such a claim merits explanation. Do you mean outright theft? Embezzlement?
I cannot find where it states "city employees receive above average and more in the way of salary, wages and benefits". Above average and more compared to what?
I cannot find where it states most city employees "have elected to live outside the city and are not helping to fund their positions". Do you really know the home addresses of most city employees?
The quotes above are from your posts on this topic. They do not appear to be verified by the operational assessment. I respectfully ask that you cite your sources for these statements.
And lastly, while I understand other towns are not your concern, the operational assessment DOES uses other cities to measure and compare the services and staffing levels of Monroe.
Thank You for taking the time to research the" Operational Assessment" , and you are correct that some of the things that I have personal knowledge of are not "spelled out" in the report and you have to be able to know the sources of obtaining information and the proper procedure in order to do so.
I believe you are drastically " expanding" on some of the things you "think" I mentioned ,specifically in the area of embezzelment / theft . I never stated that anyone was embezzling money although I do know of (1) one case a few years ago that will remain buried where $1000. was reimbursed back to the city coffers by the person that "borrrowed" it. I know that is a nice juicy gossip item that some would like for me to expand upon ,but I won't because I believe that our city employees for the most part are as honest and hard working as any of us try to be and to shroud suspicion & blanket the rest of the employees because of one ( 1 ) dishonest and unethical employee is not fair or accurate.
I tend to be very conservative in my attitude toward such things as the use of city equipment and the high price of the fuel to run that equipment especially if utilized for personal use, but if you are asking if I specifically know someone that abuses this right now --I do not. I have expressed my concerns to prior city managers and department heads regarding matters of this sort in the past that were happening and to my knowledge they were corrected .
I also am very conservative relating to work ethic and feel that an employee should be very conscious of giving an" honest days work for an honest days pay". Since I became actively aware of how our city is run , I see many times when the operation of the city and the efficiency of the city has been compromised which was spelled out in the report ( I.E. read again the portions that relate to the Recreation Dept. and the City Attorney's position) which are (2) two glaring areas of where we need improvement.
There is more things that are good about our city and their employees then there is bad , but that is not the point I am trying to address nor will it accomplish the financial dilemma ALL of us face if the things we know we Must Do are delayed.We can't change the past , but we can attempt to learn from the mistakes of the past and have a better future as a city and community TOGETHER.
I don't have concrete figures that I can site other then to tell you that I know a lot of the city employees and if I had to guess from my personal knowledge , I would say 75% or more of them DO NOT reside within nor pay property taxes that fund their positions. Where you elect to live is a personal choice and I respect that right.How my tax money is distributed is my concern and I am less sensitive to hearing the voice of dissent ---unless you are also sharing in paying the bills the City of Monroe incur.
For the record : I requested the address information you refered to regarding our employees and was told that it would have to be done under the F.O.I.A. ( Freedom of Information Act ) but the specifics regarding the employees address was confidential information--which I respect."I know what I know " and if I thought I was anywhere close to being wrong on my demographic estimate of where the majority of our city employees reside , I would recant my statement. Someone with that information knows I am right and if not--let them prove otherwise.
At the city council meetings ,which are televised by MPACT, when someone wishes to address the council they state their name and address, so IF there are a number of city employee / residents that wish to express their concerns--I would be interested in hearing what they have to say.
I believe there is another meeting to address the Operational Assessment on August 13th and I would encourage you to attend if you wish to research answers with me and others as to how best to put the City of Monroe on a stable path of financial health.Thanks again for being concerned about OUR city's future.
J. Pat Mc Elligott