Too much time in elected office brings the knowledge of how to circumvent and override procedural boundaries by spending taxpayer money and directing it to those friendly to you.
President Barack Obama has executive order privilege and uses it to implement his will through IRS, NAS, EPA, etc.
Gov. Matt Mead has removed those who disagree with him, completely disregarding the people’s vote. He has had no respect for Wyoming Supreme Court’s ruling or our Wyoming Constitution.
Our own Mayor Steve Smith has had eight years to spend Pinedale’s hard-earned boom money and the freedom to spend it without transparent oversight. How often is the spending limit met? How many times and in what period of time can the coffer be refilled? We are told to trust. How well is that working for us with Mead and Obama?
1) At the city level, appointments, salaries and benefits have been made without approval of the City Council.
2) As the executive officer, it is the mayor’s responsibility to have job descriptions for the staff, where are the descriptions? Without them how can an employee have an equitable performance evaluation? This is a fundamental requirement for private enterprise. The mayor wants to give his employees a 2 percent salary increase and make them the best paid in the state. Are you seeing increases in your salaries? Is government different because there seems to be a constant source of funding?
3) Planning and zoning wants decorative streetlights in a six-block section of town. What about the rest of the main street without even cobra heads or what about spending the money to repair the streets that are in disrepair? And when it is cold outside, who is walking the streets? Our weather is warming now, and it is not dark until 8 p.m. Most stores are closed and begin to stay open later as summer comes. Most stores have an awning and white light strands could be put up by the individual shop owners that would be more appealing than overhead lights that won’t illuminate the sidewalks but will light up the top of the awnings. The installation of streetlights is an expensive venture, and even with grants, the city must also spend a lot of taxpayer money.
Thanks Steve, but eight is enough. Now is time for a fresh face in the mayor’s office – someone with experience in business who knows the cost of meeting payroll and following established procedures.
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