Cutbacks We Can Support
There have been a lot of discussions about cuts -- less snow removal, longer waits for things like tree cuttings -- and fee increases, such as those parking meters increases that are going to kill neighborhood businesses. The people of Chicago will be paying for a lot more and getting less. Such a deal.
But in all these talks, not once has it been suggested we lop off something completely unnecessary -- so many aldermen.
We don't need 50 aldermen. Some aldermen, but not 50. Maybe before 311, you needed an alderman to help you get city services. But not anymore. So really, 50 is a luxury Chicago can ill afford.
Because it's not just those 50 salaries of $110,556 each that we are stuck paying. That's 50 staffs, neighborhood offices and aldermanic "expense" accounts that pay for who knows what.
If someone knows the machinations needed to get this on a binding referendum, we'd be more than happy to support an ordinance reducing the number of aldercreatures to 25 or even less. We'd post the petition sheets on our site and encourage each and every officer reading (and non-officers) to take them to work and around the neighborhood and get the required number of signatures. We'd be doing everyone a service.
Labels: city politics