From Mayor Art Ward:
VOTE NO to COO - VOTE NO to Increased Taxes - VOTE NO to Less Representation - VOTE NO to More Government.
These are the elements that every voter should be considering when they enter the voting booth on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.
Every voter should be concerned with this last minute push by a small group of political proponents who want you to believe that all of the ills of our community will be resolved by the presence of yet another level of government, a COO.
What this misinformed group fails to tell the voters is that the cost of this COO position alone, will impose an additional cost to you and me, as taxpayers, of over $250,000 to $300,000 a year.
In answer to the concern of this group on how to address the need for additional personnel to carry out the functions charged to the Mayor's office, my proposal to the Charter Revision Commission was for the creation of a mayoral assistant position, as exists in most other communities of our size, which would handle delegated duties.
This non-benefit, part-time position would act in a manner similar to that of an Assistant Corporation Counsel at a salary of approximately $28,000 a year.
This would afford the Mayor the opportunity to more appropriately focus attention on the areas of concern referenced by these other proponents and also allow the time for a more directed, objective, responsible and less expensive method of evaluating the actual future needs of the mayoral position.
As your mayor, I can assure you that the financial well-being of this city will continue to be appropriately addressed through the joint cooperation of the elected officials and the members of the Board of Finance.
This system of government, like everything else in life, should always be subject to constant review, tweaking and improvement but always keeping in mind that we need to assure the people that our intentions are not politically motivated but are solely for the purposes of keeping the taxpayer's benefits first and foremost and vigilantly being fiscally responsible.. .
VOTE NO to COO.
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