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Letters to the Editor

September 30, 2012

Letters to the Editor 9/30/12



Wanda Adams


City should do the math

Dear Editor:

Council President Gill, I understand that you didn’t understand how I got my numbers I spoke of at Monday night’s council meeting regarding Mac Martin’s preposterous wage increase. You raised him from $42,498 per year to a new wage classification in which the high salary is $86,129 and the minimum salary per year is $15,000, or 35 percent, higher overnight.

This is simple math. Most taxpayers and their families would beg for such an income increase. I regret that the majority of the old council membership is going to be outgoing with such ludicrous action and not in the citizen’s best interests. Messrs. Wales and Hickman are to be complimented for their more considered judgment.

When will you and the mayor consider the police and fire personnel for compensation adjustment before any other selected individuals or special interests for funding allocations? Increasing police salaries across the board is long overdue and should take priority over a single city planner.

This is why the city can’t hire African-Americans for law enforcement. Can you visualize what a police officer is thinking on patrol, alone at night, risking his life for citizens whose leaders consider them second-class citizens when it comes to compensation for them and their families?

How about paving the streets? Mr. Gill, are your district’s streets paved?

The mayor and you are proposing a sales tax increase. Dream on. We will expend every effort to defeat it. The County Commission is in no hurry to increase property taxes, or are the property owners. 

You had better get prepared for the revenue problems I have talked about for years, which you, the mayor and his lackeys seem to want to palm off on the taxpayers rather than taking constructive action regarding items such as additional costs related to the library and its operation, City Hall construction cost increases, etc. 

Madison just extended its current budget to accommodate the new incoming council members and allow them to make the final decision on the proposed 2013 budget. Now that’s the American way, not the Marks/Gill way. Yours is to squeeze in all the budgets and special deals before the new council members are seated and can express their opinions, which may not agree with you and the mayor.  

They will influence the next four years.

Your actions are reminiscent of the old backroom political deals of yore.

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