Think About It……. July 21, 2010
There are still a number of people on our Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly who would like to get rid of our elected Borough Mayor and have the Assembly hire a Borough Manager to run the day to day operation of our Borough government, with the Assembly in complete control.
. This is in spite of the fact that, not too long ago, the change to a manager type of government was placed on the ballot by the Assembly and Peninsula Borough voters turned down the idea.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly has found out this year how hard it is to hire an honest and forth-right manager who will always have the best interests of the Borough at heart. Right now, after firing their manager, they are advertising all across the nation for a new manager who would be willing to serve for about six months until October when new members of the Assembly will be elected.
Many voters in the Mat-Su Borough are now wishing they could return to their former “strong elected Borough Mayor” type of government, and with good reason.
Here on our Kenai Peninsula we have always had an elected Borough Mayor. A Mayor chosen by Borough voters from throughout the entire Borough, whose work ethic, honesty and political stance is well known. A Borough Mayor, elected by voters from all across our Borough, who answers directly to the voters every four years. The system has worked well for our Borough because of its automatic check and balance system.
Our elected Borough Mayor either makes all his decisions and recommendations knowing that they must win Assembly approval or they fail. If the Assembly passes an Ordinance or Resolution it must be approved by the Mayor or it will fail. Our elected Borough Mayor is always under the scrutiny of the electorate and if his behavior or performance does not meet with the approval of his constituents we will “run him off” at the end of his term we “run him off” and elect another person from among us who will. It’s our tax-paying voters who decide, in the voting booth, if their Mayor “sinks or swims”.
On the other hand, our Borough Assembly of nine men and women, are elected from nine different districts. Only three of them face voters each election, and it is harder for voters to remove “bad apples” on the Assembly who favor a manager who may not be doing his job.
Those Assemblymen, right now on the Assembly, who advocate a Borough Manager form of government for our Borough, are simply hungry for, want more power for the Assembly. The power to dictate to their Borough Manager just how Borough government will be operated with no check and balance from a Mayor elected borough-wide by Peninsula voters.
Keeping our present Borough Mayor form of government with a Mayor elected area-wide, and an Assembly made up of our friends and neighbors in nine districts, keeping an eye on each other, is a check and balance system that has served us well in the past and should NOT be changed.
Think About It! JCD 7-14-10