Asking the voters to consider removing an office holder before their term is up can be a daunting task. A recall campaign is nothing but negative, requires a high standard simply to get placed on a ballot, and sometimes can be more divisive than simple partisanship within a community. But there are times when the harshness is called for.. Indeed the following reasons could be found in your community.. this time its Gross Pointe Shores:
“Consider the following 10 strong other reasons to vote to recall the incumbents this May. Click the on blue hyperlinks for the facts:
- Financial mismanagement, deficit spending and lack of long term planning is driving our city toward bankruptcy. Unreserved general fund balance fund down from $410,000 in March 2007 to current value of negative $210,000. Review the article “Seeing Red”.
- Grosse Pointe Shores now one of 20 cities on the State of Michigan Fiscal Watch List – the only one of the Pointes so named.
- Shores officials burdened homeowners with over $30 million in long-term debt and interest.
- Charter promoted with promises of no tax increase – promptly followed by a $330K tax increase. See what the incumbents said in the papers.
- Another, larger, tax increase is already being considered for 2010 – with the new charter, they can go all they way up to 20 mils! See how the Shores cut of property taxes have climbed on a typical home during the last 5 years of the Cooper era.
- Promise that well revenue would fully fund marina upgrade was made contrary to advice from Shores own consultants. See the source document.
- Shores spent taxpayer dollars to prevent citizen access to public salary information before the council and charter election: See the FOIA request and Clark Hill legal bill.
- Shores employees serve on committees that approve unsustainable salaries & benefits. Look at the annual rise in pension costs during the Cooper tenure.
The incumbent’s hostile attitude toward newly elected council members and many residents: watch the Shores video clips and see for yourself.
Ultimately, the best way to put an office holder in or out of his or her job, is to elect and then un-elect when their term has expired. Recalls are certainly not the preferred method of firing for bad or incompetent performance. However, an occasional need arises and the hard work of a dedicated group of individuals can give a community a chance to end the pain of bad leadership a little earlier.
Sometimes they need help. Join the posse.