Okay everyone, ... let me back up with a rewrite because folks have been calling, ... and have said in classic Ricky Ricardo style, ... "Lucy, you've got some splaining to do".
By the way, Mrs. Mitchell, the mayor's opponent (who doesn't boast about her credentials, memberships, associations, etc) is a college graduate.
The mayor also lists "memberships" and "community service". I saw "Founding Sponsor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C." See, I'm also a "Founding Sponsor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial ..." How did I become a Founding Sponsor? I donated money a couple of days ago:. ... and that "Wall of Tolerance Honoree in Montgomery, Al with recognition from Rosa Parks (click here).
Like I said, I always do my research; and I always ask questions (esp. of politicians) ... like ...what do you have to do to become an honoree or a sponsor? Did you get an invitation in the mail (etc.) to become a member, sponsor or honoree, and does that designation get secured by sending money?
The other thing I want to see are dates ... did this event/honor/service/etc. happen before you started campaigning or after you started campaigning? .....Actually, that question is sort of ridiculous, since politicians are always in campaign mode. Anyway, you can do the rest of the research about the mayor's resume, on your own.
[Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 13.2%(8.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 15.7% for Black residents, 13.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 24.1% for two or more races residents)]
God love ya Maple Heights residents ... but you damn better "wake up and smell the coffee", and start asking some important questions about your city finances and those salaries and benefits that may be sucking you dry. Take a look at those salaries and compare them with other similar size cities with the same economic conditions (residents, .. if need be, use the Ohio Public Records Law to get information on city finances and salaries; or ask your council person for them).
Maple Hts population / Cleveland population / Cleveland Mayor's salary / Shaker Hts population / Shaker Heights Mayor's salary
[While property owners started losing their homes in great numbers to foreclosure starting around 2007, read what Mayor Lansky, along with Superintendent Keenan, were celebrating. Interest payments on some of those bonds comes due in 2012. Just learned that the general fund is in the red. Interest payments on the bond come from property taxes. One would think that with all these new schools, Maple Heights students would do better. Wonder whose taxes are going to go up?]
You are their boss, but you gave them, and other government employees, the power to change your life considerably (for the better or the worse). Share the power or take it back.
What are these candidates plans going forward? What are they going to do to make Maple Heights a better place for all the residents?
Let me make something clear. ... salaries are paid from the general fund .. which is tax dollars. If people are jobless (which many are), and there isn't enough money in the general fund, those in the administration will try to come up with creative ways to get the money. Municipalities almost always look to pass bond/levies for a host of things (contruction projects, school and safety expenditures). The people who usually pay for these levies are property owners.
Now Maple Hts was one of the worst hit by home foreclosures ... so who bears the burden of these levies? Well if these politicians can't get money from property owners, they may dip into money set aside for other things, .. but if they can't legally dip into other funds or those funds are not there, they'll either raise taxes some other way or borrow (and when you borrow you must pay it back with interest).
Whatever the mayor's administration and city council (or superintendent of a school via mayor) ask you (tax payers) to do, ... as stated before, ... those levies will usually be paid on the backs of property owners. And with bonds, tax payers will pay the interest until the bond matures. When it does mature, and, if you can't pay, you may be able to refund; however, you can't refinance the loan forever. You see where I'm going here? Think end of 2007 into mid to late 2009 ... businesses closing, people losing their homes and their jobs in the hundreds of thousands.
Maple Heights residents, the shit is about to hit the fan sooner than you think. ... You're losing revenue faster than a train crossing the country.
In addition: Keep in mind, a majority of the salaries and benefits you are paying are going to people who don't live in Maple Heights; and many of the businesses who are reaping the rewards of doing projects in Maple Heights (like building schools), probably don't live in Maple Heights either.
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