Nortonite points out ‘backseat’ issues
To the editor:
In the city of Norton there are four charter updates that have taken a backseat to other issues. Issue No. 39 addresses residency guidelines for our mayor. Passing Issue No. 39 will help close the legal loophole of interpretation. It will also stop gentlemen’s agreements between Council, administration and the mayor.
Issue No. 43 will give the voters of Norton the power to control pay raises for the mayor. Norton City Council approved a 122 percent pay raise for the mayor without the consent of the people. Council also has the power to give themselves pay raises without the consent of the people, hence the need for Issue No. 44. Our tax dollars are hard earned and we the people need a voice on how taxes are spent. It seems that politics for profit is more important than service.
Issue No. 46 discusses appointments. Council repeatedly abuses the power to appoint personnel to boards and council who have recently been voted out of office. The people’s voice does not count although it is their tax dollars used for the appointees’ salaries. Issues Nos. 39, 43, 44 and 46 will give “we the people” a voice on Council. It is time that Council is held accountable to its citizens. Don’t be intimidated by Council again. Vote “yes” on Issues Nos. 39, 43, 44 and 46.
Brenda Anderson, Norton