Need to start over
Every single one of the 40 city employees who would work at the proposed 51⁄2 million dollar municipal facility voluntarily applied for their job.
They saw where they would be working! They are paid more than average.
They pay peanuts for a health care package that costs McCook taxpayers on average $12,000 per year per employee and is better than 95 percent of us can afford. It's virtually impossible to get fired so getting their "longevity" pay raise is easy.
Now we are being asked by those 40 folks to spend approximately $130,000. each to provide a work place that meets their every wish and whim. (Go tell your boss that's what you want) If they don't like their workplace, they can quit.
We are told this venture into government waste will not raise taxes. This project will increase prisoner-related costs for the county. They will be forced to raise our taxes. Directly or indirectly doesn't matter, we will pay more taxes.
In addition to being simply lovely for 40 city employees, we are told this facility will benefit all of us for years. I don't think if you have business at the cop shop, nice surroundings will turn it into a pleasant experience. I don't think a new city hall will make paying my ever.-increasing water bill really enjoyable. It bothers me when the planned office for apart-time building inspector will be larger than my banker's.
It will not create a single private-sector job or motivate a single business to locate in McCook. I can't see how it will make life better for Joe Average.
We need to defeat this proposal, step back, take a deep breath and get to work on a firehouse we can afford.
The playing field is not level! If you count to total number of city employees, their spouses, relatives, yes-men and brown-nosers, I estimate they have 600 votes in the bag.
If you want to re-use West Ward, you must vote no. If you work for the county and are tired of being pushed around by city hall, you must vote no. If you believe there is a more reasonable solution, you must vote no. Be involved, get out the no vote.