It is city staff that takes direction from the city council, not vice versa. “Our Minnetrista” which is supporting both incumbent candidates Pam Mortenson and John Tschumperlin advocates that council members take their direction from the City Administrator. In an email I received from an Our Minnetrista leader, David Kolb, back when I was a candidate, he said “you will be more successful as a candidate and Council Member if you take your guidance from the City Administrator….” And that’s exactly what “Our Minnetrista” elected candidates have done.
When the City Administrator wanted to spend $20,000 on a community survey, they said sure. When the City Administrator wanted to give his assistant a 19% pay increase, they said sure. When the City Administrator said not to competitively bid the city’s engineering contract, they agreed. When the City Administrator and Finance Director said we need a 6.01% preliminary tax levy increase, they said sure.
As long as candidates go along with “Our Minnetrista,” a group consisting of ex-city employees, elected officials, school board members, vendors, and others with a vested interest in keeping the current taxing authorities in place, they can be assured of financial backing for their campaigns. Our Minnetrista will raise contributions for them, provide literature, a website, video commercials and advocacy.
Remember that tomorrow when you vote. Remember also that you don’t have to vote for 2 candidates (ballot says vote for UP to 2) and you can cast a single vote for the only candidate that understands it is the city staff that takes direction from the city council, not vice versa. #ElroyBalgaardForCityCouncil