Alan Ash is right on track

Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2004 at 10:31 p.m.

After reading the article in the Jan. 20th edition of the Gainesville Sun about pay raises for city employees it is my conclusion that this commission, as well as city manager, needs to take a long hard look at the facts.

The outcome of its decision to support the increase that a certain city employee (Mike Kurtz) feels he so rightfully deserves is way off base. It would send the wrong message.

The city manager talks about morale, for city employees, if raises don't go through. But what type of message is being sent when one city department's managers (GRU) get 30 percent range increases and other city employees get 4 percent increases? Is this really the correct way to approach it? I think not.

In this time of city and county governments struggling to balance budgets you cannot rob Peter to pay Paul. You cannot expect the next city commission, or city manager, to face irate city employees and citizens, say 5 to 10 years from now, when pay raises might not be possible. And city services being cut to satisfy the request of one or two selfish individuals.

This commission, as well as the city manager, would do well to listen to the advice and recommendations that its own city auditor's department is providing them. Alan Ash's comments are right on track.

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