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Long overdue

Ron Sparks is right. The city employees continue to perform and provide all services even with many positions vacant or eliminated. Most of the budget cuts thus far are from staff reductions but city staff is still expect to provide the same level of service. How long can we expect the city employees to continue to perform the extra work required to maintain these services at current levels when the budget is being balanced on their backs. There are many areas, in the city budget, where savings could be realized but when it comes to employees you get what you pay for. If you want to have the workers that couldn't make it anywhere else responding when you have an emergency or answering questions when dealing with complicated issues just keep forcing the good employees to go elsewhere for adequate pay. Look at the number of vacant positions because employees have left to go to the private sector or other municipalities that are providing adequate compensation. I'm all for eliminating wasteful spending and pet projects but let's not blame the employees for the mistakes we residents make at the polls. Everyone screams for changes and transparency but the same people are elected year after year.

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