Rescinding the Raises- the time has come
by Loraine Ritchey email@example.com
UPDATE: I HAVE DECIDED, ONCE AGAIN, TO AWARD THE NOTORIOUS OPPONENT OF EXACTITUDE AWARD
AND THIS TIME AROUND THE WINNER IS — CITY OF LORAIN TREASURER AND FORUM POSTER – MR. THOMAS URBANEK/ aka GARBO
The Morning Journal has had front page articles this week written by
and last night Channel 19 had an expose of Cuyahoga County workers being laid off whilst others get 200,000 in raises in their Shame on You segment
Some County Workers the Hook-Up While Others Get Laid Off
Lorain and Cleveland are not alone in this happenstance and although I am sure that justifications for those raises will come hot and heavy – from –
We are having to do more work due to less staff–
We have to keep up with the private sector in order to get qualified people
( that one may fall a little flat now considering there are a hell of a lot of people in the private sector with plenty of experience looking for positions- there is a huge talent pool to choose from now) –
I am one of the lowest paid department heads!
And the arrogance of ” I am entitled under the city ordinances “
These types of justification just aren’t washing and are getting right up my nose- and I don’t believe I am alone in my thinking-
The citizens of Lorain continued to support her with the 1/4 income tax renewal – which I also publically supported and took a lot of flack for doing so –
but I CANNOT support raises for a department head of 28 percent.
I am sorry, apart from rubbing salt in the wounds of a bleeding taxpayer, this is flying in the face of the economic challenges we are dealing with , it is obscene actually – to my way of thinking.
The treasurer’s salary will leap up 28 percent from $57,000 to a little more than $71,000
This same treasurer who under his “Garbo” name also ( even if he was on break) used taxpayer paid time and presumably computers to tout the 1/4 percent renewal which according to his time stamped statements on
Lorain County dot com stated:
“Message: #10 was institued by the tax dept not the mayor
Written by: garbo on January 26, 2009 9:16 AM
Posted in: Lorain City Forum “
Mr. Urbanek under his Garbo identity – never once identifying himself as the Treasurer – continued to fight for the passage of the renewal –
Quite frankly I find that behaviour suspect since his department would directly benefit- are there not rules covering this type of behaviour?? I don’t honestly know but there is a little voice telling me something isn’t right about that.
I don’t know Mr. Urbanek personally – for all I know in his personal and rest of his professional life he may be brilliant -but he has, for me, become the poster child of “wrong way thinking” and the fact that when the voters don’t have a choice we can’t keep blaming the voters.
It seems we do have a political party ( almost) monopoly in this city>.
I am not a political animal in the sense I don’t get involved with the party politics- I vote as an Independent and only vote issues in Primary elections .
To my way of thinking , since the voters don’t have much of a choice lately when it comes to choosing a representative, I would ask the party (in Lorain’s case the Democrats) to please start being more circumspect when it comes to your backing ( if that is how it works) because ultimately the City of Lorain is in “YOUR” hands and is being guided down a path of “YOUR” choosing. Ultimately in Lorain the more powerful “Democratic Party” has an awesome responsibility –
And I know it is asking a lot of public officials and public servants to decline the raises and rescind the raises ( or at least put them in abeyance) but you have asked the citizens of Lorain to support you ( and there will be more asking in November.) We have all had to tighten our belts – time to lead by example- if we truly have the best interest of Lorain in mind.
I would ask all of you to gauge this situation in another way .
IF YOU HAD A STRONG OPPONENT IN NOVEMBER WOULD YOU BE TAKING THESE RAISES- WOULD YOU BE OKAYING THESE RAISES- WOULD YOU STAND BEHIND THIS THINKING- IF THERE WAS VOTER ACCOUNTABILITY ?