There seems to be a war for power at Mabton's City Hall.
If Council was so worried over budget issues in regards to the chief of police's pay, then why were they so quick to approve street repairs without first knowing what the budget was?
Council was informed this past Tuesday that additional unforeseen work is to be expected and so now the city will have dip into the city's general fund or the utility tax to cover these costs. Safety is key to residents, not street repairs. What gives?
The budget was not known then and it still isn't known, yet street repairs were approved and the chief of police's pay was slashed. I don't get it.
I don't believe the budget is the real issue. I think the Council wasn't allowed to execute its decision for nay or yay. I stand behind our mayor and her decision to move the chief of police to full-time and give him a comparable wage. The step was well within the scope of an administrator of a small city, and the decision she made was well within the administrative duties as mayor.
I feel safety is crucial to citizens, vs. potholes on three short streets.
What is the Council thinking? What do they really have against having a full-time chief of police with a pay scale that is well below what other small city chiefs of police are paid? Besides, his pay is not even coming out of the general fund as the Council is trying to make it look like.
Council members are making cuts, repairs where they are not needed.
/s/ Maria Rose, a concerned citizen of Mabton.