W.E. "Mac" McEachern: Bringing back honesty and transparency to city hall
Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.
I am Mac McEachern and I am running for the District 4 seat on your City Commission.
I have been a resident of Gainesville for more than 40 years and served on the City Commission for six years. I was the mayor of the city of Gainesville in my last term in office.
I have also served in the U.S. Air Force and nine years on the board of the Gainesville Regional Airport.
I have extended knowledge of the finances and history of the city, Gainesville Regional Utilities and the airport.
Throughout this country, the people have lost faith in their governments both nationally and locally.
People don't trust their government. People no longer believe that the government levels with them and tells them truthfully what they are doing, what they are spending and how much they are indebting their citizens in the future.
I am well aware of where, as a city, we have come from. And if we continue along this same path in the future that we have followed in the last six years, where we are going.
Most people know that the U.S. government has put the people in debt in excess of $16 trillion. But few people know that in the last six years your City Commission has more than doubled the debt, which has been accumulated over the last 40 years of our city's history. Today's city/GRU debt is $987 million.
Although most people know that biomass is coming, few realize that the electricity generated from this plant will cost GRU (that's us) $47 million more in 2015 and 20 years into the future, than it will cost in 2013.
Fuel adjustment overcharges are already costing the people of Gainesville and Alachua County more than $1 million per month.
All these issues are important, but this is not the real issue of this campaign. The real issue, at this time in Gainesville's history is just one thing: honesty.
Honest, open, transparent government is something that all voters should want and vote for. People want a government they can trust, and the best way for government to gain the trust of the people is to be honest in all its dealings with its citizens.
I can't promise you downtown conference centers, more parks and pools, more bike paths, etc. But what I can promise is this: If I am elected to this position, I will work with our new mayor, and others to be sure that the city government's business is the people's business.
Together we will change the way that the city does the people's business.
We will ensure that there is effective communication and discussion on all the issues for which you have legitimate concerns.
In America, we vote for public officials who will represent us. Not rule us.
If you want someone to represent you, vote for me. If you want someone to rule you, vote for the other guy.
W.E. "Mac" McEachern is one of three candidates for the District 4 seat on the Gainesville City Commission
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