Re: Voters Deserve to Vote on CFO Charter Change
posted at 9/16/2011 9:52 AM EDT
In Response to Voters Deserve to Vote on CFO Charter Change
[QUOTE]More of the same, the Malden city council (with the exception of Councillor At Large Fallon) WRONG AGAIN- the vote was 8-3, (dictator Fallon isn't the only one up there remember)
has decided that we need to change the structure of our city government without bringing this change to the people of Malden to vote on this important issue which will change the financial structure of our city government. Wrong Again- at the many CHARTER REFORM PUBLIC MEETINGS that were held, the public was polled and not one single person suggested administrative changes should be on the ballot. I was at meetings where people stated that the elected officials (yes, they are elected by the people) would make those decisions based on the feedback from the public and that having a vote each time an administrative change came up (ie: redefining an existing position) would tie the system up and be very costly.
The City of Malden charter which is not easily available for the citizens of Malden to view (despite many requests to post it publicly) Posting the Charter change on the website is currently in the works. Fallon should really keep up to date with what is happening in her own government! is now before the state legislature to be changed. Our council, with the exception of Councillor at Large Deborah Fallon voted in favor of this change. Wrong ONCE AGAIN, Kinnon and Nestor also voted against the change. PLEASE get your fact straight! You lie to the public- the people you are supposed to be protecting. In summary, the Charter (which is similar to a constitution for our city) will be changed to add a Chief Financial Officer to our city financial structure. Once again, WRONG. They are converting an EXISTING position. This change will shift the balance of power in city government which is an integral part of democracy. WRONG AGAIN, the appointing authority stays with the city council! You have to keep up with the changes, this was decided and voted on in a committee meeting. This was what Fallon was asking for all along then switches her vote. She really should try to stay focused.
Adding this 100K position to our city government will not solve an oversight problem which our mayor and city council are responsible for. WRONG AGAIN! Nothing is ADDED, it is reforming an existing position. Please do your homework, this is our city governement we are talking about. Under the watch of Councillors and current Mayor, with the exception of Councillor at Large Fallon and Councillor Murphy, over 500K was embezzled from our treasurer's office. Changing to a CFO position will not fix this issue of oversight. Our city leaders had a responsibility to hold our financial officers responsible for this lack of oversight. A CFO position will not resolve this issue (google City of Lynn, CFO and you will see for yourself) that this type of charter change does 3 things: Adds a 100K a year position to the city payroll Relinquishes our council of fiduciary responsibility for which they are elected Diminishes the balance of power, now in place, as city government was so intended. I already addressed these lies (Does not add a position, it reforms a current one, the power does not switch THE COUNCIL STILL APPOINTS AND OVERSEES! If Fallon can't even stay on top of the changes and facts of her current position, how is she going to stay on top of the entire city's budget, adiministration, and school committee? This is very frightening to me. Councillor at Large Fallon advocated at the state house this week in front of our state legislature. She asked our legislature to vote against this charter change. She is of the belief that the voters of Malden should make this decision. There is no need to push this change through without allowing Malden voters to given an opportunity to vote on a change in financial structure within their own city government.
FALLON did NOT listen to the people of Malden at the public meetings. Nobody suggested that a vote was necessary. Fallon did nothing but misrepresent the people of Malden at this meeting. She also made it look like the city did not understand what was being added or changed which is not true by the multiple public meetings that were held in Malden. Shame on you for speaking for us and making us look bad!
Listen up- you do not SPEAK for ME or many of others in Malden. Get your facts straight before going to a State House meeting and making it appear underhanded. This does nothing but bring our public image down.
GARY CHRISTENSON represents the people of Malden. He understands and can keep facts straight on what is happening in Malden government. Malden Citizens BEWARE, the lies and misrepresentation Fallon is spreading should NOT be tolerated.
VOTE in NOVEMBER for the experienced Candidate who can keep the facts straight and who will represent us favorably!!