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The Pension Problem Isn't A Taxpayer Problem, It's A City Hall Problem!

Why force the hardworking taxpayer to pay additional taxation?  How much have the taxpayers been forced to donate to a supposedly private funded Marshal's Museum?  Didn't the taxpayers of Fort Smith endure 3 water and sewer rate increases within a 4 year period, only to have the city turn around and spend $2.1 million, to provide utilities to 60 acres of privately owned riverfront property?  Should utility rate increases be used to fund special projects?  The convention consistently loses between $700,000 and $1,300,000 a year, yet it has never been scaled back?  Even the salary packages at

Clarity, Access to Information & the FOIA

As the article states, "the city may have seen a victory last week with the dismissal of a AFOIA lawsuit."  However, I still feel the citizens of Fort Smith have been denied, "access to information", and "transparency in government."  Why should there even be a question of clarity when the public's trust is at stake?  State Senator Jake Files, who stated he is familiar with Fort Smith's previous lawsuits alleging FOIA violations, says, "he doesn't want to limit the citizens access to information."  This is the very reason my lawsuit was filed against the city.  Very serious allegations were

Quality of Life...........Who Determines?

You hear the term "quality of life", thrown around quite a bit today by public officials.  I was reading comments by a local police officer on Facebook and it made me think, who should determine one's quality of life?  The policeman's comments didn't only raise a question, but many questions about what is considered to be quality of life and who should determine a individual's quality of life?  The Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, states that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,

City Pay Raises? City Avg $59,323 versus Private Median $35,989

I discontinued my paper subscription last November, but I have "Liked" the SWTR on my Facebook page and therefore receive headlines and articles of interest.  The latest such article of interest was about our City Administrator pushing for employee pay raises in 2015.  According to the 2014 City Budget, the city of Fort Smith has a total of 955 employees and a personnel payroll of $56,653,380.  Since the city administrator doesn't include the median income for city workers, we can only average the pay per employee, which comes to $59,323.  Now, according to city-data.com, the median househo

If All the Allegations of Overbilling, Overpaying & Lying Are True.....

If all the allegations of overbilling by the city attorney's office, the overpaying by the city and the allegations that Jerry Canfield lied about such are all proven to be true, what's next?  Will there be resignations?  Will there be prosecutions?  Will all this bring about a more transparent form of city government in Fort Smith?  Will the idea of more elected positions catch on and replace appointed positions?  Will Fort Smith then decide to follow other nearby growth cities and have an elected CEO type mayor, an elected city attorney, an elected city clerk and possibly more?  It is the

Allegations Are City Attorney Jerry Canfield Lied About Phone Calls.

http://www.bluehogreport.com/2014/06/06/on-bills-both-phone-block-a-resp...

And the question is, Is Ray

Gosack satisfied with Jerry Canfield's Responses?

Do All Board Members Support the Over billing and Overpaying As A Normal Course of Business, or Will Any Board Member Act on Behalf of the Working Folks and Demand a Real Investigation?

Incidentally, the FBI is presently investigating Corruption Allegations against West Fork City Officials.

If Allegations of Overbilling & Overpaying Are True, We Have A Very Serious Problem!

If the allegations are true, of any person, the city administrator, director of accounting, or anyone in the city attorney's office, is guilty of illegal activity, in regards to taxpayer's money, should not only resign, but be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

http://www.bluehogreport.com/2014/05/20/oer-lawyers-fingers-who-straight...

http://www.bluehogreport.com/2014/05/23/if-the-phone-doesnt-ring-its-me/


What Does Character, Subpoenas, Depositions & Anniversaries Have In Common?

The Prepared Food Tax.  June 6th will be the 3rd anniversary of Fort Smith's city administrator using police in big black SUVs to deliver subpoenas to 32 good, decent folks during his attempt to force a 1% Prepared Food Tax onto the people of Fort Smith without the people having a voice.  The police delivered the subpoenas to the 32 upstanding citizens in front of their families and their neighbors.  The only thing these 32 people were guilty of, was collecting names on petitions for the right to vote and overturn the forced 1% tax the city administrator was forcing onto the community.  The

Does FS's City Administrator form Better Serve the People?

All the nearby, growing Arkansas cities have one thing in common that Fort Smith doesn't have, well two things.  They all have strong, double digit growth and a Mayor/Council form of government, meaning the person in charge is ACCOUNTABLE to the people.  Fort Smith has a city administrator form of government who is not elected by the people and is NOT ACCOUNTABLE to the people.  Which do you truly believe better serves the people?

Did Don Hutchings Really Represent the People or City Hall?

I wasn't going to comment on TCW article about Don Hutchings seeking to return to the Board, but after he shared the article on his Facebook page, I decided, enough is enough and to comment my thoughts.  Although the comments were deleted from his page, I placed them again and again, each time deleted, but I feel if Don is going to run the people should know his record, so I'm posting the same comments here that have been deleted on his Facebook page, so here goes:

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