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November 3, 2013

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EATTHERICH

Nov-08-13 9:07 AM

cindy,seems like our law director has to get a lot of opinions from others.

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CyndiBaronzziDickey

Nov-04-13 6:35 AM

Wolford did try to get city council to raise taxes three times while in office at my count. That is why I got involved in the process, be cause he was successful one time and was trying for a second. I, along with others got the repeal of the tax on the ballot and you, the voters got it repealed but it cost Salem citizens over $22,000 per month for half the year. That was in a year when city revenues were up 6% without the tax and had a $900,000 surplus at year end. There are still areas to watch in the budget. I have been arguing to get council to impose stricter monitoring and accountability in spending. One area that should be tightened in my opinion is the law directors budget. Not to say it is being abused, but as things stand, we have no system to analyze whether we over pay or underpay the employees of that office and that budget is very high for a city our size.

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CyndiBaronzziDickey

Nov-04-13 6:35 AM

Wolford did try to get city council to raise taxes three times while in office at my count. That is why I got involved in the process, be cause he was successful one time and was trying for a second. I, along with others got the repeal of the tax on the ballot and you, the voters got it repealed but it cost Salem citizens over $22,000 per month for half the year. That was in a year when city revenues were up 6% without the tax and had a $900,000 surplus at year end. There are still areas to watch in the budget. I have been arguing to get council to impose stricter monitoring and accountability in spending. One area that should be tightened in my opinion is the law directors budget. Not to say it is being abused, but as things stand, we have no system to analyze whether we over pay or underpay the employees of that office and that budget is very high for a city our size.

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CyndiBaronzziDickey

Nov-04-13 6:34 AM

Wolford did try to get city council to raise taxes three times while in office at my count. That is why I got involved in the process, be cause he was successful one time and was trying for a second. I, along with others got the repeal of the tax on the ballot and you, the voters got it repealed but it cost Salem citizens over $22,000 per month for half the year. That was in a year when city revenues were up 6% without the tax and had a $900,000 surplus at year end. There are still areas to watch in the budget. I have been arguing to get council to impose stricter monitoring and accountability in spending. One area that should be tightened in my opinion is the law directors budget. Not to say it is being abused, but as things stand, we have no system to analyze whether we over pay or underpay the employees of that office and that budget is very high for a city our size.

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CyndiBaronzziDickey

Nov-04-13 6:24 AM

Swagger, Salem doesn't raise taxes and it has NOT raised your water rates either. Salem has the lowest water rate in Ohio with the exception of one small river town in southeastern Ohio that is funded by a power plant. Salem also never took utilities money. That would be illegal. Salem does use the interest from utilities money that has been in savings to fund other projects such as maintaining ang increasing safety forces. That is perfectly legal.

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swager

Nov-03-13 2:17 PM

Salem doesn't raise taxes. It raises your water bill at will. The city took money from the water dept numerous times. Wolford must think nobody reads anything they have done. As for the other one, We have never lived in a democracy. Too bad people waste so much time and emotion over a dream someone made up. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner. A Republic has armed sheep.

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swager

Nov-03-13 2:17 PM

Salem doesn't raise taxes. It raises your water bill at will. The city took money from the water dept numerous times. Wolford must think nobody reads anything they have done. As for the other one, We have never lived in a democracy. Too bad people waste so much time and emotion over a dream someone made up. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner. A Republic has armed sheep.

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swager

Nov-03-13 2:17 PM

Salem doesn't raise taxes. It raises your water bill at will. The city took money from the water dept numerous times. Wolford must think nobody reads anything they have done. As for the other one, We have never lived in a democracy. Too bad people waste so much time and emotion over a dream someone made up. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner. A Republic has armed sheep.

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Ethomas38

Nov-03-13 8:40 AM

In my humble opinion, Jerry is a self centered, self righteous, arrogant, whiney ginger who wants to continue sucking on the publics teat. We all know his skills of cutting hair are seriously lacking! Like EAT said, "GO AWAY JERRY". We don't care if you go away mad, we just want you to GO AWAY!!!

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EATTHERICH

Nov-03-13 7:27 AM

go away jerry.

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