To all COLA LO Members,
The article provides an interesting perspective form a sitting city councilor.
As many residents know COLA LO endorsed Mike Kehoe in the 2010 election.
In the article Councilor Kehoe states:
As elected officials, I believe that we are given the privilege of serving the citizens, while carefully listening to their valuable input and desires. Unfortunately, in my nearly two years on council, some have stated that their belief is that we are elected for our vision and for the ability to go forth and manage the city as council desires. This council has been more divisive than any that I recall, but in my opinion this is because some on council have resolutely refused to listen to the citizens and simply continued to pursue their own agendas.
A misnomer sometimes stated by local officials is that we must have development to increase tax revenues to meet our growing city costs. As a businessman, I find this type of statement completely at odds with reality and common sense. We cannot grow our way out of an expense problem. We can, however, manage our budget more carefully and focus on city essential services — the true duty of government — rather than continuing to find new and exciting projects we can claim are the duty of government.
Voters should pay close attention.
Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.