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City officials’ travel habits must change

Published: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

I just read the Jan. 30 editorial [“Money better spent at home”] on the travel habits of our city officials in Rock Falls. Seems like déjà vu all over again. I think SVM reported on this huge waste of tax dollars last year as well.

It seems our elected officials and some city employees just don’t get it. Who do they think really believes that we, the taxpayers, are truly benefiting to the tune of $12,000 to $20,000 every year for the expert knowledge they bring home with them?

Both times, SVM has reported, interviews with those involved gave us some pretty lame reasons for this unbelievable expenditure of our tax dollars. Perhaps we should be sending those folks to city council meetings in Sterling and Dixon to learn why it is they don’t feel that kind of expenditure is justified.

One reason given was the city of Rock Falls owns the electricity provider. What does that have to do with it? Is that the reason our electricity cost is so much higher than in Sterling?

It’s time to send those folks a message. All but one of you stay home. Send the mayor, by himself; his wife doesn’t need the expert knowledge he’ll gain. Give him permission to stay at Super 8, and limit his food and other expenses to a reasonable amount, $50 to $75 a day.

Perhaps we could pool the excess we’ll be saving to get one or two of our badly-in-need-of-repair streets fixed. Jim Reese obviously understands these trips are more for personal enjoyment than for city enlightenment. Thank you, Jim, for your common sense and honesty. 

I know some who read this will say, “Well, you don’t even live in the city.” No, I don’t, but I own property in the city and pay a huge tax bill on it every year.

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