“Wait a second. What’s this about?”

August 16, 2005 at 2:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Yet again, the Lincoln City Council has come up with a new way to top itself. The Lincoln Journal Star reports this morning that the Council was “distracted” and “failed to ask the right questions” when it approved pay raises last December for M class employees. My major complaints:

  • This stuff happens all the time. The Lincoln City Council is notorious for not thinking things through. Councilman Jon Camp said he wants “to resolve any doubt and make sure the information is accurate.” Why weren’t doubts resolved and information checked in the first place?
  • The City refused to give salary study information to the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA). When LIBA conducted its own study, LIBA could not confirm many of the City’s numbers. Governments should not be in the habit of hiding public information from the public.

Even if it turns out that the City did everything right in this situation, they will have done it in spite of themselves. Any time Council members admit incompetence and the City refuses to divulge information (which is contradicted by other sources), the public rightly wonder what the heck is going on. This is yet another example of why Lincolnites ought to be ashamed of our leadership. We should do better.

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