A Colorado Springs resident says the City Council needs to stop using excuses and run City Hall more like a business by cutting payroll and benefits to make ends meet.
While they’re at it, Jeffrey Pisanos wants council members to turn the streetlights back on – or at least the one outside his house on Stanwell Street.
After reading today’s story in which Councilman Darryl Glenn voiced concerns about the cost of a November election, Jeffrey Pisanos fired off an e-mail to Glenn, which he cc’d to the mayor, council members and yours truly.
Rather than sum it up, here’s the text of the e-mail:
i know you are an intelligent man. but your comments in this mornings paper are surprising and not at all what i would expect from you.
our current form of government works well for a small-time town, as it was in the 60′s not today.
as far as your budget is concerned, you cannot keep using the excuse of no money. you have had (ample) time to cut the city payroll by 10% or more thus reducing your projected short fall. i know you have the smarts on how to run a business. so let’s get with it and start using those smarts and start running this town like a business. cut the fat. that means cut your major expense….payroll and benefits.
you consistently belittle the citizens of this town by threats of reducing firefighters, police, street lights,park trash. get to the real problem…payroll.
you unexpectedly find 4.2 million dollars in an accounting error created by the utilities department and you want me to believe you have credibility? i want the name and job of the person who made that error. i want accountability. i want respect. i want city council to fess up to their errors and mismanagement of this in the past and currently. and by the way i want my street light turned back as i have requested many times recently.
there is nothing you or the city council can do, at this point, to undo your errors of the past or to regain any credibility. only a new form government with new people can even approach what i would consider “potential” credibility.
Jeffrey S. Pisanos