Marianne Stebbins, a twelve-year resident of Excelsior, is running for City Council.
“The city government is our servant, not our master.”
The City should put out a transparent, readable budget so we know what we’re paying for. I support the Charter Amendment that will be on the November 6 ballot to cause the City to mail a readable budget summary to each household.
That budget consists of money that does NOT belong to the City or the City Council. That is YOUR money, not to be spent frivolously, without account, on multi-thousand dollar, perpetual studies or other unnecessary waste.
Instead of using city government to “manage” our neighbors, let’s use city council to facilitate solutions through greater citizen engagement and the use of online forums.
Our City budget has been growing at about 6% on average, while other cities are keeping their budgets flat, and while households and taxpayers are reducing their budgets. Again, this is YOUR money. It does not belong to city council members to spend frivolously.
The City Council should treat everyone equally. The permitting process is difficult, expensive and seemingly arbitrary. The council should take great care to appoint members to the commissions who are committed more to fairness than to their own opinion. Throwing up roadblocks to us improving our own property and, in turn, our neighborhoods is a shame. Special favors shouldn’t be granted for some and not others. Allocating $200,000 of your money to landscape city property in front of a council member’s house is unethical.
We live better when we are able to make the decisions best for us, such as choosing our own trash and recycling provider. Some only need pick up every other week. Some neighbors might want to share their trash receptacles. You might find a better deal. The choice should be yours.
To volunteer or put up a lawn sign, contact Marianne at firstname.lastname@example.org .