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Two posts below you’ll see that reader CW inquired as to how the mayor had done following through on his campaign promises. The answer was too much for one post, so here we go with Part II:
- Ballot initiatives.
During the election, Sanders proposed three initiatives that would’ve required voter approval: opening city services up to possible privatization, requiring voters to sign off on all future pension benefits and the creation of a hybrid pension system that would move the city away from the defined benefit program that has come under fire as a result of the pension crisis.
Last week, voters approved the first two measures easily. The third wasn’t on the ballot. In campaign literature, the voter-approval measure was actually part of the hybrid proposal.
The Mayor’s Office said it is currently conducting a study on the hybrid system and still believes its creation would require voter approval.
- Cutting 100 management positions at a savings of at least $10 million. This results from the mayor’s pledge to ask for the resignation letters of all 300 management positions immediately upon taking office.
The mayor did indeed ask for all the resignation letters upon taking office after appearing reluctant to do so once elected. But he’s said now that he won’t wait to make decisions on the management positions until after his reorganization of City Hall is through.
- Streamlining the city structure.
This was a big part of the mayor’s campaign. It is currently ongoing. The amount that it will save the annual budget is both unclear and in minor dispute.
- CDGB funds.
Sanders said during the campaign that he would redirect $20 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to infrastructure – their “original intent,” he said – and away from “pork barrel” projects for the City Council. That idea was not included in the mayor’s first budget.
Whew. So there you are.
Keep the questions coming, please.