Did you know that the mayor of Marvin has the right to vote only if there is a tie but the mayor pro tempore is entitled to vote on all matters, even when serving as mayor in the mayor’s absence? Crazy, huh?
Now consider this: the current mayor pro tempore, the youngest councilmember, is not even a Marvin taxpayer. That’s right, folks. You don’t need to be a taxpayer to be a councilmember and spend other taxpayer’s money – at least not in Marvin you don’t.
These injustices and misrepresentations of taxpayers have to be rectified. These corrections are long overdue. It’s like that line from the movie Network, “We’re as mad as hell, and we’re not going to take this anymore.”
Village residents, write to the council and demand they amend their bylaws to allow all council members an equal vote. Demand they amend their bylaws to dictate that only taxpaying, U.S. citizen, Marvin residents be eligible to serve in the village. Of course, you might argue that your efforts will fall on deaf ears, since this council has shown time and time again whenever the public speaks out that they are not interested in hearing the voices of the people they are responsible to represent.
Thomas Jefferson said, “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Let’s hold them accountable for their blatant irresponsibility. Let’s call them out on not listening to the public. Or, better yet, I call the citizens of Marvin to rise up and clean house once and for all. Let’s get a proficient and competent council. Enough is enough – new elections are in 2013.