Former Mayor, Mike Donegan is at it again! The man who recently created a PAC disguised as a citizens group propagating a litany of lies to mislead and deceive voters from supporting the tax rollback, used today’s workshop to lecture the city council about the importance of VISION before imposing his own city vision that is as He’s proposing that all streets inside the city limits of MC come under the governance of a Public Improvement District (PID), which is a special assessment area where property owners pay a supplemental assessment with their taxes, which the PID uses for services above and beyond existing City services. It essentially creates another level of government with the power and authority to create a completely new tax on citizens, free from state government regulations.
WWII Bomber pilots used to say that “you know you’re over the target when you start taking flack!” It’s an excellent metaphor that is guiding me as I work to end the corrupt power and influence that the former political elite has held for so long. Last night, one of the former regime’s vocal supporters took aim and fired, ignoring the substance of my assertions to cast vitriolic ad homonym aspersions against me while ignoring the mountain of irrefutable lies employed by those he was trying to defend. After expressing his displeasure at me he pointedly noted that the election is over and I need to move on, which was an obvious and feeble attempt to revitalize the credibility of those whose words and deeds make them untrustworthy and establish them as bankrupt of integrity. The fact
At tonight’s city council meeting I was honored to make the motion to adopt the city’s first Code of Ethics, which was presented by Mayor Nathan Hodges. It’s been almost a year since our August 28, 2015 post, Lawful But NOT Ethical, was published. In it we highlighted the absence of any formal ethical standards, outside of state law, in our city government. We highlighted some of the misdeeds that have resulted from this gap in conscience. We also argued that no standards of ethics would ever be established until voters elect a new mayor and change the majority of the city council with officials who are guided by a compass; committed to transparency and accountability. Our group was the first to make ethics a key issue, urging citizens to compel our city’s leaders to enact standards of ethics,
The first meeting of McLendon-Chisholm’s [MC’s] new city council, where conservatives now make-up a solid 4 to 1 majority, faced their first test to protect the city’s 1.5 acre minimum lot-size per homestead ordinance, where two separate motions by Councilman Patrick Short, that would violate this standard, failed to find a second. Owners of Bella Logos, a planned development consisting of 266 acres, 64 of which falls inside the city limits of MC, were asking the city to annex the other 202 acres arguing that the added tax revenue would benefit the city. Both freshman Councilmen Wayne Orchard & Robert Steinhagen spoke in opposition to annexation because the development agreement would allow for homesteads of less than one acre, which falls far below the city’s
Following years of discussion, last night, the City Council finally voted unanimously on my motion to provide MC’s seniors the right to cap their city taxes. This means that homeowners who are 65 years and older may cap the municipal tax-rate at whatever rate is in force at the time they opt-in. Should the tax rate ever be reduced, those who have opted-in will also see the reduction, but it can never go up from that point. The tax cap only applies to a homestead and seniors must opt-in with the County Assessor to be eligible. This action is irrevocable and marks the first of many steps I hope to see the council take to protect taxpayers.
Now that Wayne Orchard & I have been sworn in, it’s important to establish a focused agenda for what we hope to accomplish in our first one hundred days, all of which we expressed in our campaigns for office. The most fundamental of our goals is imposing restrictions on our city government to ensure that in the future THE PEOPLE must first give consent to raise the tax rate, go into debt, take away the personal liberty of what citizens can do on their own property, and/or violate the standards of our city that are supposed to protect our wide-open spaces & more rural lifestyle! More than any other action we take, these four items will forever save our city from rogue officials and special interest groups from hijacking the unique lifestyle that is sure to turn MC into the most treasured
Paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson in his first inaugural address, “the purpose of our democratic republic is to ensure that the majority rules.” In a record-setting turnout, the people, by an overwhelming margin helped to make it possible for MC’s government to finally be “OF the people,” controlled “BY the people,” and governed ultimately “FOR [the MAJORITY of] the people.” For more than a year the mayor & council-majority have ignored, shut out, patronized, and ridiculed anyone who dared challenge their decisions. They believed that they knew what was in the best interest of the people, despite the fact that they only concerned themselves with what was in their own best interest. For bringing to light their egregious actions and deceptive rhetoric, they attempted to marginalize, vilify, and castigate me. Yet the people saw through the deception, which is why we
In an ongoing bender of self exaltation, the Mayor and two outgoing city councilmen will be holding a special public event next Tuesday evening at the new city hall to honor themselves for their “selfless service” to our city! As an added token of gratitude, each will “receive” a personalized engraved plaque. This event will come just weeks after establishing for themselves a permanent legacy where a bronze plaque was prominently installed at the entrance of their new $2.125 million city hall building emblazoned with each of their names commemorating their visionary leadership after locking-out voters and saddling taxpayers with a 20-year debt for what now amounts to more than $2.9 million, not including the $260 thousand they paid for the land! The event to dedicate the city
The litany of lies and deception perpetrated on citizens finally caught up with MC’s elected officials and its political ruling class! In a record-setting turnout, the people, by an overwhelming margin, threw out incumbent Mayor Moody, Councilmen Hatfield and rejected Mark Kipphut, their hand-picked successor to 30-year incumbent Councilman Pullen, not to mention their PAC’s effort to thwart the tax rollback, which also passed overwhelmingly. Throughout the campaign, as Wayne Orchard and I continued to highlight the evidence of the facts where we revealed how the public trust has been violated, those in power arrogantly packaged more lies & distorted truths in a campaign of empty rhetoric hoping that, as in years past, people weren’t paying much attention to the details. But the people WERE paying attention and they ARE fed up! This election helped to
By an overwhelming margin in a record-setting turnout, more than sixty-seven percent of the six hundred and ten McLendon-Chisholm [MC] voters that turned out for last Saturday’s municipal elections, favored rolling back approximately three of a nine cent tax increase as they also “swept-out” those responsible for both the hike and other monumental decisions that shut-out taxpayers. Many see this election as tantamount to a “citizen-revolt,” after the mayor and city council-majority locked-out voters from decisions that include putting the city into debt for the first time in history to build a new city hall, raising the tax-rate by 107%, and the disclosure of an approved planned development that will put 1,867 homes on 409 acres, which violates the city’s housing ordinance requiring a minimum