Press release from the ChooseCOO group:
UNIONS AND MAYOR MAKE CONVINCING CASE FOR COO
If ever there was a time for a COO, this is it. Local union leaders, by their actions, have made a convincing case for the COO (aka ‘Chief Operating Officer’ or ‘City Manager’).
The Mayor needs help. This is a given. Our present Mayor and past mayors have acknowledged this fact. However, while the unions and their Mayor are saying in words that they are all about the taxpayer, their recent actions paint a different picture.
Local union leadership is against the COO, but all they want to talk about is the cost, not the benefits. In fact they are running the anti-COO campaign. Of course they’re against the COO – do you really think they want someone hired to focus on the efficient delivery of City services? Do you really think they are going to put the best interest of the taxpayers ahead of their own self-interest? Let us give you an example: A new city committee is looking into the possibility of using money from overfunded pension accounts to pay for retiree health benefits instead of asking taxpayers to pay the tab – a move that would lower property taxes by nearly half a mill. Nine of the 19 members of this new ‘GASB 45 Committee’ are union representatives and some others are friendly to the unions. Do you think union leaders are ready to throw their support behind a decision that will save taxpayers $1.8 million now and much more in the future? Wouldn’t that alone more than pay for the COO position?
Further, union leaders have the Mayor in their hip pocket. How do we know? Well, first the Mayor loaded this GASB 45 Committee with union members. Then, the Mayor issued a press release parroting the unions’ argument against the COO. Do you believe that his actions are not politically motivated? Whose turf is he protecting? Do you think there is any conflict of interest here? After all, when the COO position is introduced, doesn’t that lessen his job duties and, perhaps, his pay?
This community may be facing the greatest economic challenges in our history in the coming years. Our present system is laden with cronyism and lacking accountability. Taxpayers, this is your chance to say, “Enough politics!” and get the professional leadership we need -- someone with the expertise of a Chief Operating Officer – by voting ‘Yes’ to Question #5 on Election Day.
Contact Steve Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org