Ted Siefer's City Hall: World Series it wasn't, but debate had some hits
Then Gatsas pivoted: "My opponent has not in four years brought forward a budget; he has not talked to department heads about the budget. He didn't even work with his colleagues on the last budget."
One could almost forget that besides choosing among 60 candidates on Tuesday, voters will get to decide whether to alter the fabric of the city's governing document. On the ballot will be nine proposed charter revisions, devised earlier this year by the Charter Commission. These include hiking the mayor's pay to $100,000 from $68,000, where it has stood since 1997, and making serving on the aldermanic and school boards a cash-only gig; the members' health and dental benefits would be eliminated while stipends would be raised to $9,000 and $7,000 for aldermen and school board members, respectively.
He added that the commission wanted to avoid catering to the special interests that might fund a public-relations campaign.
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Despite the looming election, both the aldermen and the school board managed to hold meetings last week. On Tuesday, the aldermen voted to table a proposal to form a committee to craft a new five-year economic development plan, although they may have missed a chance to stage a haunted house at City Hall. Based on the discussion of the issue, the Economic Development Office has become a pretty scary place.
"The office was a shambles. There were boxes all over the place. Nobody can have a conference there," conceded Ward 3 Alderman Pat Long, the one who has proposed moving forward on the new five-year plan.
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