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May 24, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: City employees get paid like a big city

STILLWATER, Okla. — Dennis Gronquist


To the editor:

Paying our city employees the same as big city employees does not make Stillwater a big city. It only illustrates that we have big spenders on the City Council who are foolhardy with the citizens’s money.  

Paying the Stillwater city manager more than Dewey Bartlett, mayor of Tulsa, and roughly the same as the city manager of Tulsa, a city 10 times our size, is proof that “Them Okies is stupid.” Ref. Grapes of Wrath.  

Every year the city manager provides the City Council with a new budget that is a million or three greater than the year before. The City Council gives then everything they ask for and just add the extra to everyone’s utility rates. This provides more “EXCESS FUNDS” for the spendocrat games. The FY-2015 budget is no different as their requirements have grown to fund their excesses to $19,351,794. They will vote on this next Monday.

This is the equivalent of three cents of extra sales tax and a 300 percent increase in six years. Just think, we citizens didn’t even have to vote on this tax. Only in Oklahoma could this unethical practice be called legal.  

All the time the private sector wages in Oklahoma are decreasing.   Much of our industrial infrastructure has gone away, partially due to excessive utility rates.

They brag about a new food vendor coming to town, but look the other way when another goes out of business.  

It only proves that small minds can have big ambitions. Where is the accountability?  

Where is the common sense?

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