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Don’t blame the mayor, we the voters are truly at fault

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 9:42 a.m. CDT

Dear Citizens of Morris,

I am writing to follow up Connie Enger’s March 5, 2013, VOP entitled “Please Stop Complaining About the Government.” We the People need to do our jobs and remember to vote on Tuesday, April 9. Every vote counts.

Don’t blame the Mayor. He appears to be a nice person. WE need to decide how Morris city government is run. We need to become better educated to the facts and relevant issues. Please consider the following.

1) If you agree that the city should continue to impose garbage fees on all residents, then you should vote for Mayor Kopczick. If you agree that all garbage fees should be repealed, you should vote for Drew Muffler.

2) If you believe that it is acceptable that the city has nearly $7 million in unfunded pensions, which are both legal and moral obligations to our dedicated city workers and police, then you should vote for Mayor Kopczick. If you want a Mayor to lead the city to meet its pension obligations, without resorting to further taxes and ensure that the pensions are properly funded, then you should vote for Drew Muffler.

3) If you believe that it was good for Morris to obligate itself to pay over $500,000 each year for three years for the new 911 operations, despite Mazon paying only $1,000 per year and Gardner paying $zero and South Wilmington paying $zero, then you should vote for Mayor Kopczick. If you want a new mayor who will fight for the citizens of Morris and not have a conflicted city attorney at the bargaining table, so that Morris is treated fairly and equitably, then you should vote for Drew Muffler.

4) If you agree with Mayor Kop-czick’s $11 million+ Taj Mahal, and consider that to be reasonable and necessary taxpayer expenditures, then you should vote for Mayor Kopczick. If you believe that the city’s spending, in many instances, is not reasonable and necessary and that we need to stop spending money on building government buildings such as the Taj where almost none of the $11 million was spent on any Morris businesses or workers, then you should vote for Drew Muffler.

5) If you agree that it was reasonable and necessary for the city to raise Mayor Kopczick’s pay from $42,000 per year in 2001 to over $95,000 per year plus free family health insurance plus pension, then you should vote for Mayor Kopczick. If you agree with Drew Muffler’s votes against Mayor Kopczick’s pay raises and believe that the mayor is being overpaid, then you should vote for Drew Muffler.

6) If you agree with Mayor Kopczick that it is reasonable and necessary to spend nearly $250,000 per year on the City Attorney, whereas the prior city attorney was paid at most approximately $85,000 a year, then you should vote for Mayor Kopczick. If you believe that we should substantially cut the city attorney fees and other professional fees, then you should vote for Drew Muffler.

7) If you agree that is is reasonable and appropriate for Mayor Kopczick, as the chief executive officer of the city, to ignore his own Auditor’s warnings each year from 2008 to date, that “THE CITY DID NOT MAINTAIN AN EFFECTIVE CONTROL ENVIRONMENT AS ITS MANAGEMENT DID NOT EFFECTIVELY DOCUMENT, MON-ITOR OR PROVIDE OVERSIGHT,” then you should vote for Mayor Kopczick. If you agree that this is not acceptable and that we deserve real leadership that is fiscally conservative to manage the city and our hard-earned taxpayer dollars, then you should vote for Drew Muffler.

Don’t blame the mayor. We the People are to blame for allowing this mess in the first place. We the People now have the opportunity and the obligation to decide who should be our next Mayor. Please mark your calendars and join me in voting on Tuesday, April 9.

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