Building a coalition to take back Pittsfield
To the editor:
Dear city residents and more importantly, taxpayers. One of the most serious problems facing the Pittsfield government is the individuals sitting on many of the city's boards, commissions and departments. If you have a limited individual holding the mayor's office, as we have, it is understandable that her appointments will be individuals with limited skills also. Her appointment of Dennis Guyer as director of maintenance is an example.
People like City Councilor Kathleen Amuso making some of the biggest decisions which will affect the taxpayer is ludicrous. She is the main reason why we might build a new Taconic High School. Her votes on the School Committee and City Council were instrumental in pushing this needless project forward. She should be on every taxpayer's radar and be the first one voted out in the next election.
In the next, and in all future elections, I will vet the candidates who seeks any public office in Pittsfield and the stat also. This will at least give the taxpayer some idea as to who will be spending your hard-earned tax dollars.
This City Council, with the exception of a few new faces, is the worst in the city's history. They told us that they are going to be building a new THS and never gave the taxpayer a say. Do not worry, my fellow taxpayer, you will have your say on the new THS. I am working to give you a voice at the ballot box on how you feel about this needless project. I am going to do every thing I can to insure your tax dollars are spent on things you want, and more importantly, to make sure that we don't spend money on projects you don't want, like the THS project.
Remember that OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) for government workers is the sleeping giant, which will gobble Pittsfield up and yet there is not one city official who has a clue as to how to solve this unfunded liability, which is some $420 million in the red. How to solve it? Start reducing the city budget by 7 percent per year or more in the next four years and start eliminating the many high-paying positions which are unnecessary. The school department alone has over 100 of these positions, costing the taxpayer $7 million a year.
These were just a few of the things I promised I would do if elected mayor. Many people said I lost the mayor's race and they are wrong. A political GOBSIG (Good Old Boy, Special Interest Group) network bought the election across the board. The city taxpayer will feel much pain because of it. I am building a NON-GOBSIG network and I intend to educate the public as to how little say it has in city government weekly on my TV show that airs on PCTV CH-16 on Fridays at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
In the next city election there will be many new faces coming forward who will have the needs and concerns of the taxpayer on their minds. The new group I am building now is called Citizens 4 Sanity) and it should be fully built by the time the next election comes around. Take notice city officials — a new day is coming for the over-burdened taxpayer and many of you who hold office now will not be around after the next city election.