I feel Manhattan is blessed with the most moderate, non-agenda driven City Commission we’ve had in a long time. I’ve been extremely impressed with Commissioner Reddi, Commissioner Jankovich, and… for the most part… Commissioner Butler. Commissioner McCulloh may be there, but I just need some more evidence she can be moderate in her voting.
Last night’s Work Session brought out, as a City staff person suggested, the “power brokers of the community”. The rich and famous were out in force, complaining because they had to pay taxes on their million dollar homes and multi-million dollar business enterprises. One mentioned more than once his turning down a million dollar venture here and purchasing a million dollar venture there. I guess we were all to be impressed with his new home up by Colbert Hills and his regionally high gas prices. It will be interesting to see if this Commission continues to, as one Commissioner put it, “look out for the other 53,000 residents of Manhattan”. Or, will political pressure from ‘snob hill’ get them to move tax from commerical to residential so that the less fortunate can do more to support the wealthy?
It was also good to hear what would have, in the presence of earlier commissions, been blasphemous by calling the Chamber/CVB on the carpet. Hopefully, holding that entity accountable, as promised by one commissioner, will hold true.
What a breath of fresh air!!! I may not always agree with the votes cast, but I feel at least 3 to 4 commissioners will have performed exhaustive research on each and every issue and will vote “their” conscience… not be mere puppets for the shadow government that has so long controlled much of our community.