Saturday, March 9, 2013

Councilman Mundie Proves He Isn't Doing His Job

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According to the Home Rule Charter and Optional Plan Law and the Third Class City Code the Council of a Third Class City is charged with legislative powers.

§ 3006. Legislative power vested in council.
The legislative power of the municipality as provided by laws applicable to that class of municipality shall be exercised by the municipal council, except as may otherwise be provided for under this subpart.

In today's Standard Speaker article by Sam Galski Councilman Jack Mundie is questioning "why the city hasn't moved forward with plans for levying the $50 storm water fee....Mundie said the city should at least take steps to develop an ordinance that establishes the fee and gives the city the authority to levy and collect the funds." 

Essentially Mr. Mundie is asking why he isn't doing his job as councilman.  He IS the legislator.  It is his duty and responsiblity by law to formulate and present legislation before the rest of City Council for consideration and vote.  For that duty he is paid $180.00 per city council meeting which last about 2 hours and equates to $90.00 per hour.

The worst part is the fact he is a veteran legislator.  He should be guiding his fellow councilman as a leader rather than acting like a freshman.  Instead of working with other members of council to solve the problems of Hazleton he is constantly making negative appraisals that serve no legislative purpose. 

When citizens were issued parking tickets Councilman Mundie told the public to fight them.  He wasn't concerned about the revenue to the City.  He wanted to pander to the public because he knew he would be up for re-election.

Now despite people facing the burden of the increase in property taxes he wants to slam them with another $50.00 bill.  The fee could be collected later in the year so people have time to financially recover from paying their taxes.

Of course this is the same councilman who voted against paying the debt of the city even though the debt, by law, MUST be paid before any other bills.   His vote earned him the nickname "Debtbeat Jack".

Ordinance 2012-41 An Ordinance of the City of Hazleton Fixing the Tax Rate of Real Estate Located in the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, for All City Purposes for the Fiscal Year 2013, Beginning January 1, 2013 and Ending December 31, 2013 (3rd Reading)
Presented by Perry. Seconded by Bast.
Roll Call (as amended): Bast-yes; Mope-no; Mundie-no; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

Ordinance 2012-42 An Ordinance Providing for the Appropriation of Specific Amounts Estimated as Required for the Various Departments of the Government of the City of Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania for and during the Fiscal Year, Dating from January 1, 2013 and Ending December 31, 2013 (BUDGET) Roll Call (as amended): Bast-yes; Mope-no; Mundie-no; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

He voted against the storm water maintenance fee but now asks when are the people going to pay it.  He is proving he has been a councilman for too long.  Time for a fresh start from fresh faces. 

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