The Fort Smith Board of Directors sitting squarely in the middle of a political & ethical cow pile—technically called misfeasance. Are they even aware? November 20, 2014
Misfeasance defined: The doing of a lawful act in an unlawful or improper manner, so there is an infringement on the rights of another or others. (They may not all be lawful)
Is the causative agent for the Board of Directors conduct hubris, ignorance, or going along to get along? The Fort Smith City Government is in hot pursuit of the same destructive patterns as the federal government—deficit spending, government expansion and the creation of massive new government programs and protocols.
The present state of affairs:
I. The drumbeat for Employee pay raises continues—City Directors currently promoting raises for ALL city employees, absent funding. Their reasoning; they need a raise; they deserve a raise, etc. (All working people in the private sector, the people who subsidize the salaries of city employees. would also like raises!) Because any employee wants a raise does not mean they deserve it or that they will get it regardless of the status of available revenue. In this case the availability is zero.
Directors, those of you in the middle of the cow pile, holding a club over private citizens’ heads, money is NOT available. Where have each of you been while some critical funds were depleted and no incoming revenues to support, e.g. Fire & Police Pensions. Then the millions of dollars designated for the sewer & ground water dilemma via street/sewer taxes? Where did the designated money go?
At-Large Director Kevin Settle stated, “City Manager Gosack, (with a salary of $153,000 per year + perks), had not received a raise in 2 ½ years”. My, my! Settle’s remedy, “pay raises for all” mentality is to continue to stand in the middle of the political cow pile and institute measures to forcibly extract hard earned private sector capital to reward city brigades with a raise without available funding! His Solution: RAISE TAXES!
If city employees feel disenfranchised they are free to move on down the road.
Settle made another outlandish statement, “Gosack has shown a great ability to lead the city”. Does financial bungling, failure to address the deficits of water & sewers (why is there a deficit?), depletion of Police & Fire Pensions, and at the same time presses for new sources of funding via multiple new taxation schemes, while introducing new massive programs…to name a few. Does this describe “a great ability”?
II. City Government navigating toward more & bigger government—Trails, Bikeways, Signage, Event Nodes, Quality of Place, etc. all compliments of U.N. Agenda 21– coupled to no available funding. Directors Lau & Lorenz would have citizens believe that Agenda 21 is a “conspiracy”, in all likelihood neither of the two are versed or aware of this unconstitutional, globalist freedom-taking attack on American citizens which is occurring all over the U.S. Do the research.
The decision for this massive undertaking was allegedly made by 6 dozen bikers & walkers in a metro population of 150,000 or more.
III. It appears the 29 year old sewer tax has been diverted while Directors are proposing a new additional sewer tax to undergird the proposed disjointed street & sewer tax to be voted in May.
City Administration is counting on citizens to pass the extension of the 29 year old street & sewer tax modified to allow 20% of said tax to be diverted to pensions and the U.N. Agenda 21’s Bikeways & Trails; thereby shorting the streets & sewers again to cover their financial bungling.
I believe come May that citizens will embrace the Gruber Theorem.
IV. Fluoridation: the will of the people you say? Massive amounts of Sodium Fluoride to be dumped into the state’s very best drinking water, compliments of the self-serving Delta Dental and the feckless City Board. Does anyone know what the long term daily cumulative effects are for forced medication of Sodium Fluoride?
Another UNFUNDED MANDATE bestowed on citizens by the City Administration. Delta Dental is putting up $1 million for start-up costs. More city government expansion, expense to maintain, accompanied by invasions into citizens’ private lives. Fluoride is cheaply & readily available for individual consumption in pharmacies for those who desire it.
V. The matter of the Fort Smith Police Department belonging to at least two INTERNATIONAL policing bodies that determine protocols for the FSPD, e.g. training, regulatory statutes, strategies, military mechanization, etc. Police Chief Lindsey has taken ownership and oversight of the FSPD from Fort Smith citizens without detailed explanation.
VI. The proposed Marshal’s Museum, billed as a private sector endeavor, has commandeered millions of taxpayer dollars in the dead of night, without citizen knowledge or approval. How big is the hit taxpayers have taken on this deal?
Are citizens still subsidizing MM Director Jim Dunn $100,000 per year for travel?
The big question: who lays claim to the ownership of MM assets?