The “Circling of the Wagons” has now begun. When we launched our San Antonio First campaign to promote Accountability, Consistency and Fairness at City Hall, we knew we were going to start a discussion that would make "City Hall" and the Power Structure uncomfortable.
First, City leaders tried to defend the City Manager’s $550,000 a year contract, which is more than what we pay the President and Governor, combined. They argued how paying one city employee more than 10 times the lowest paid full-time city employee, or $300,000 a year is not enough.
We think the voters should weigh in on this issue of accountability at City Hall.
Then City Leaders attacked your First Responders for saying we are tired of being sued in court, over a contract the City signed. They lose in court, twice, and now want to continue the lawsuit to the Texas Supreme Court. We think that wasting over one million dollars of tax payer money losing legal challenges is not being responsible. Instead of asking the voters to pay your failed legal challenges, we think that if an agreement cannot be reached during negotiations, let an arbitrator or neutral third party decide. Stop filing frivolous lawsuits and expect the taxpayers to pay the bill.
We think the voters should weigh in on this issue of fairness at City Hall.
Finally, they are now claiming that voters having more say in City issues could hurt CPS bond ratings. JUST ANOTHER SCARE TACTIC. Cities and States all over the country who allow their citizens more voice at the ballot box share our credit ratings. The fact is that City leaders were tone deaf to the voters last year and raised utility rates. Voters didn’t have a voice and were not allowed to weigh in on the issue.
Your Firefighters are simply saying if it takes 20,000 signatures on a petition to allow voters to voice their opinion at the ballot box and change the City Charter, why not be consistent and make the same rules apply to changing a City Ordinance. Giving voters a voice should never be used as a threat like claiming it will hurt credit ratings.
We think the voters should weigh in on this issue of consistency, especially giving them a voice at City Hall.