Thursday, May 31, 2007
#1 The Current City Council is a bloated, unproductive, argumentative, divisive, resource draining careless entity that has very little hope of turning around on it's own.
#2 The sheer size of our Council is disruptive to productivity. 12 Executive paychecks for 4-6 good ideas.
#3 The current Council as a whole does not use restraint when "Fluff" projects are on deck. They bleed cash to any whim of the administration, and then complain that the Mayor spends too much.
#4 The "availability" of a full half of Council is suspect. Most do not personally respond and few direct their staff to.
#5 Unprofessional behavior and lack of control over Council activity is fully responsible for the "State of Emergency" the Council functions in.
#6 Council has failed to make decisions that draw population and jobs to the area as needed.
#7 A Council of 8 members would cost us far less in payroll. Payroll and benefit packages are the single most expensive aspect to any Employer.
#8 A smaller Council will be more capable, accountable and Focused.
#9 Cities twice the size of Toledo have fewer than 6 Council members, yet are booming and productive by comparison.
#10 Changing the layout of Toledo into 5 districts, creating the Downtown area as a district of it's own, then dividing the city into equal square mile sections will even the field and allow for more compromise. With four, 11 sq mile districts, 1 Council person for each, 3 Council Members to handle the Downtown District and 1 President, the effective quality of Council will improve. The reason to have 3 Council for the DT area is simple..it's part Commercial/ business, part Residential. 1 for the Housing aspect, 1 for the Business/Commercial aspect and 1 to oversee infrastructure and break tie votes.
#11 Reducing the Council will free up payroll for the City to hire more employees for the departments that have long suffered from a lack of staffing.
#12 If we don't alter City Council, Toledo will continue to slip into the margins. We must streamline the Municipal Government to regain a competitive edge. Too many "cooks" have spoiled the brew....Toledo is getting bitter and without a radical change..we'll never get ahead.
Posted by Chad