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Letter: Lodi City Council thinks recession is over

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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:20 am

The Lodi City Council raises their own compensation and gives OK on 68 new hires. Is the recession over, or is this some slick pencil work? It must be overseas investments. Is it a fact that Illinois has more people on state assistance than there are people to pay for it? If so, California is not far behind. I am sure if the spending continues with our city council that we will have something in common with that state.

The non-sustainable retirement benefits are not being addressed, but I can understand if I was on the receiving end — retire at 50 with almost as much money as their wages before retirement — just shove it down the road for future city councils to contend with. As a city council member, you are expected to represent all the people of Lodi, and not to continue raising utility rates just because you can get away with it. On retirement, there is nothing wrong with fair compensation — but not 90 percent of pay and retirement at 50 years of age. I just don’t like the idea of Lodi filing for bankruptcy as other cities have done.

And again the city council has a way of raising fees without being overturned — if you object, send a letter to the City Clerk stating your objection along with parcel number. By doing that you will never get enough to overturn any increases by the city council. Is this a conflict of interest when five people vote for their own compensation? I realize that the city of Bell had a similar problem. And I understand they had a financial problem and some had to retire from political activities.

Ben Coleman

Lodi

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