With the November election pending, it is an interesting time to look back and reflect on the year 2005. The Mayor wrote a letter to the editor. The Sun Messenger wrote an article. South Euclid was in dire need of passing a tax increase on the upcoming ballot. It was indeed a state of emergency for the City of South Euclid according to Mayor Welo and the Sun Messenger. The Messenger quotes Welo as saying, “South Euclid won’t be recognizable as it is today”.
Jump two years ahead to present day 2007. It appears there is plenty of money to go around now. The Mayor was awarded a 16% pay increase by City Council. City Council voted to increase their OWN pay, and nearly every member of the administration was given a raise.
The original plea for a tax hike was supported in part by the need for better snow removal and other service equipment. Has there been a noticeable and significant improvement of these services?
Welo cited, “…Northeast Ohio’s weak economy…” in her letter written a mere two years ago. The City has borrowed $17 million for the purchase of Cedar Center and $1.8 million to purchase the “Greenvale 9”. Were these all frugal and prudent decisions on the part of the administration and council, who are supposed to be the guardians of the taxpayer’s money? What a difference two years have made.
The article and letter to the editor below were in the Sun Messenger on July 28, 2005.
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