The new Mayor of Aberdeen , Tea Party Republican Patrick McGrady, cant seem to do anything right. For four or five months he didn’t know how to properly solve an election tie-vote on the City Council. When he finally resolved it , he ignored the 654 voters that voted for Democrat Stephen Smith and chose instead a Tea Party Republican /Church crony who never received a single citizen vote. His first decision as Mayor was to corrupt the democratic process with autocratic arrogance and cronyism.
Next, the new Mayor overrode the city councils unanimous support for hiring a professional to help find a new city manager. Instead he loaded a commission with more Tea Party cronies and selected a city manager who has had a questionable and controversial experience as a city manager.
Third, the new Mayor rather then properly discuss with the council and public about changing city worker heath insurance just autocratically (with the help of another Tea Party/Church crony) decided by himself to change insurance . To hell with democratic input.
Finally, the Mayor all of a sudden wants to double the city trash tax —-but just for those who produce the least trash….. Say what? The new tax increases the 50 cent trash sticker to $1.00, putting the total burden of the increased costs on those that create the least trash…. WTF? Those citizens who have been trash hogs keep paying the same….. Fair? Equitable? Democratic?… Hell , no! If the costs of landfilling the trash goes up, everyone should share the burden—that’s democratic, fair and equitable. . If the new tax had raised the purple sticker to 60 or 65 cents and the yellow sticker to $1.35 then the burden of the tax would have been shared with all the households.
The main problem with Aberdeen City government is the City Council is failing to question and check the Mayors corruption, stupid mistakes and unfairness. The Council should flex their political muscle and stop rubber stamping what ever the autocratic Mayor wants. The Mayor received only 600 votes or 33% of the vote.. The Council members all received more public support in the election than the Mayor. Taylor received 898 votes (49.6%). Landbeck got 802 votes (44%). And Lindecamp got 782 votes (43%) .Does the Council speak for the public interest or are they just the Mayors lapdogs. The City Council played dead with the Mayors autocratic insurance decision and with the unfair trash tax increase.The Council should be alert and active watchdogs and on the trash tax they should have been junk-yard dogs. The Council should put a stop to the Mayors political b.s. shenanigans.
(P.S. Cordova, Alaska has a charter election law that says that any elective official who wins with less than 40% should have to have a runoff election” WITH IN THREE WEEKS”. )