All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.
-1 Corinthians 10:23
Without a code of ethics, there is nothing guiding our elected officials to do the right thing, especially when doing the wrong thing is perfectly legal. It’s why the standard of ethics for the political ruling class in MC is anything that falls inside state law. Their actions have demonstrated that as long as something is legal it’s okay.
This is why they still defend their decision to put the people of MC into debt to build a new city hall without notifying taxpayers until six months after the debt bond had been approved, four months after construction had begun. It’s why they create a comprehensive city plan in secret without first asking the people about MC what kind of city they want MC to become. It’s why the raise our taxes in the face of clear citizen opposition to it.
Worse still is the relationships between elected officials and major developers that go beyond standard conflicts of interest, they may in fact violate state laws. Even if no laws have been broken, it’s wrong to negotiate development agreements that so egregiously violate our city’s building standards, like Triple Creek, without the expressed consent of the voters in an election.
It’s time for our city government to take seriously what Thomas Jefferson described as “a public trust.” Our city needs leaders who desire to be transparent and accountable by creating clear guidelines of right and wrong.
The greatest challenge in MC is the fact that the Mayor and city council majority lacks a compass. Therefore, they have no desire to be held accountable. Until they leave office, ethical standards in MC will remain a simple reflection of what is legal, regardless what is right or wrong!