Among the issues on last night’s agenda was establishment of salaries for the mayor, the council, and other non-union township employees. I asked the mayor and council twice how they decide how much they, and the other employees should make, and as you might have expected, I got no answer.
This is a problem because they voted to give themselves annual raises without explaining why. Furthermore, what if certain other township employees are presently being underpaid? Because there is no transparency on how salaries and wages are established we are kept in the dark with respect to how appropriately or inappropriately township employees are being compensated with our tax dollars.
As I stated during the public hearing, it is also disconcerting that the mayor and council have decided to give themselves annual raises, whist continually holding us liable for more and more debt.
While it is not unusual for the mayor to interrupt me when I speak during public comment it should not persist. It is, in my view, down right abusive, to interrupt members of the public, while they are asking questions about, or are commenting about how our money is going to be used. I did not only ask questions about the establishment of salaries and wages. I also asked questions about long term borrowing plans, debt reduction plans, if we could have our meetings filmed and posted on the township website, and if we could have a democratically elected mayor.
What I have to tell you next saddens me profoundly, but it needs to be said. Mayor Janice Mironov told the public a lie last night. She told the public that she has answered all of my questions and that I just ask them all again because I do not like her answers. While it is true that the mayor has answered some of the questions I have asked her throughout the years, and it is also true that I do not always like the answers she gives, they are not the questions I persist in asking her each weak.
To allow our mayor to get away with lying, in my view, is unacceptable. Lying is always wrong, but when an elected official lies, there can be more where that came from, those lies can be with respect to our money (in a very sluggish economy, mind you) and it certainly establishes a terrible precedent in our community. So I ask that you join me at the next meeting, and tell the mayor you will not stand for lies.
Many people in our community (and in fact, throughout the county!) know about our controlling and dishonest mayor however not enough do. Please help me spread the word, call the mayor’s office and say you disapprove of lies and disrespect, and vote her out of office this upcoming election.
I will continue to keep you updated and will work hard to have the mayor voted out of office. I will also persist with my efforts to make East Windsor’s government more transparent, accountable, and discussion friendly.