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Ex-mayor may go to voters over outsourcing

Original post made on Jun 21, 2011

==B ATHERTON:== ==I This is an expanded version of a previously published story.== In the face of the possible layoff of 13 town employees and elimination of in-house building and public works services, former mayor Malcolm Dudley said he and other citizens will launch a ballot initiative drive if the town won't survey residents to see if they're willing to pay a higher parcel tax to balance the budget.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 2:20 PM

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Malcolm Dudley is a wonderful man, and as always has only the best of intentions for a Town he has loved long and loved well. He has earned the right to feel nostalgic and loyal to a past that is now in constant conflict with the economy. But I am sorry to see his cause so closely allied with Jim Janz who (with some help from past co- council) is largely responsible for putting the Town in the jeopardy that it is in today.

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Posted by PW In PD Out
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I'd like to see the numbers please. Where does the town post a detailed budget to substantiate the needs for outsourcing about the only revenue generating department the town has. Atherton will save far more in the long run by outsourcing the PD. We don't need a chief. And how many chiefs has Atherton had retire out in the past 6 years? And what is that costing the town? I love it when a lt gets promoted to chief, remains the chief for less than a year and then retires out on $125,000 per year with benefits. And then on top of that tax payer funded retirement manages to get a consulting job. These retirements plans the PD has are a joke and too large of a burden to carry on.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 22, 2011 at 6:27 am

Dudley states:""Any time you can solve the problem for $1 a day, it's not a crisis.""

Why not say you can solve the problem for 4 cents an hour?

What would be required to eliminate the structural deficit this year would be a parcel tax INCREASE of $400 per year. And that parcel tax increase would have to be even larger next year and every year thereafter.

Why spend $40,000 on an election to simply ask people IF they would pay this increase? Why not have a vote on a new parcel tax which includes the current average parcel tax of $400 plus another $400 for a total of $800 and a promise to ask for more next year? The best reason not to have such an election is that it would fail by a wide margin.

We DO have a financial crisis and eliminating the structural deficit is the only way to solve that crisis.

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Posted by Answer
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 22, 2011 at 6:54 am

Dudley is very confused. He thinks that escalating salaries and pensions can go on forever, and the only solution is to ask residents to pay more and more taxes. He ignores the other, obvious, solution of bringing these salaries and pensions and benefits down. He accepts as a reality that they simply have to go up and if they don't, services will suffer. He's wrong, he's confused, and he shouldn't be making decisions for anyone anymore.

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Bottom line is that Janz and Dudley are both wrong. They might have a smidgen more credibility if they both came to the council meeting with their own personal $25,000 checks to help defray the deficit this year, with a commitment to keep the money coming. But why should they? Like every politico in D.C., they can continue to get their special treatment by asking the rest of us to pay for it.

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Posted by Answer
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 22, 2011 at 7:08 am

By the way, "PW In PD Out", Nielsen left with a pension closer to $150,000 per year and free medical for him and his family, for life (Cadillac plan), and a $150,000 vacation payout bonus on top of that. Guerra is next in line to "retire". Both Nielsen and Brennan before him continue to work for the county drawing other large salaries on top of their pensions.

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Posted by APOA
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Public comment at Council meeting regarding this topic:

Part 1 - Web Link

Part 2 - Web Link

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Posted by Chroniclers of Rome Burning
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:48 am

Hey APOA, don't you think it's ironic that you, not the town, can afford to do all this video recording and editing? I must say, it's a fine job, and clearly time and money is being spent. But when the meetings involve chronicling the town going bankrupt, perhaps it's time to step back and wonder how you guys have the money to do this in the first place. It just doesn't make sense.

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