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1. rawdogger on 04/21/2015 at 9:13 pm said:
Larry, what’s your position on the fact that approximately 15% of the road and bridges fund finances the Miller family?
I’ll understand if you don’t want to poke this dog with a stick, but if you’re truly the reformer you claim to be you’ll answer.
Thanks for any comments on this article. All are appreciated to help me listen, learn, and lead.
I do not consider myself a reformer. Four years ago I started getting more involved in our government more than just voting at our elections. Call me for coffee if you want to here the details.
I do believe that you should not use the Ready, Fire, then Aim method. Decisions without both subjective and objective facts to compare to agreed measurement indicators are like waiting to “see what’s in it” after voting on a law.
First, we need to work together within the system to establish key indictors that will measure if/when we achieve our agreed upon goals. Transparency and FOI requests are ineffective without knowing the measurement to goals.
If reducing just the number of units of government is the goal by itself, I’m not sure we will get our desired result of lower taxes and efficient use of those tax dollars.
To do this, some of the key indicators our board would like to established and monitored are:
- Monthly Cash Flow Reserve Analysis tool to measure financial health and direction of the township
- Employee Pay and Benefit Analysis to establish fair compensation packages to all workers (hired and elected).
- Purchase Planning Process for quotes (to go with the bid process) on major investments in goods, services, and building needs based on established goals.
Please email me at email@example.com if you would like to help be a resource to accomplish one or more of these indicators this year.
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