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Reader Opinion: Brainerd City Council is out of line

Brainerd City Council is out of line, they do not faithfully represent the voters. They continue to operate in the same old way and forsake change. Recently they received bids to audit the city books; they do not seem to understand that the biddi...

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Brainerd City Council is out of line, they do not faithfully represent the voters.

They continue to operate in the same old way and forsake change. Recently they received bids to audit the city books; they do not seem to understand that the bidding process is to get the best price. All of the bids received were from well-known bonded companies; they should take the lowest bid. We need new eyes on our finances the current auditor has been there for many years and we need to have someone else check our books. Staff indicates they would want the same old checks because they are used to them. Well let me tell you that is one big red light to me and we need to change. Wake up council take the lowest bid and save over $4,000. It's the tax payer's money you need to represent them.

The council also needs to step up and eliminate their full paid health insurance, save the city approximately $13,000 per council member also the Water and Light board members. Our budget is unacceptable with a 25 percent increase; did you receive 25 percent in your Social Security? This 25 percent represents the council's failure to manage to pay for all of the things added to the budget in past years. We have been responding to the dreams of the city planner and his cronies and their special interest groups for too long.

It's time to tow the line and cut our expenditures; It is nice to be an example city, but we cannot afford the luxury. Elections are coming remember the big spenders when you vote.

Daryl Bahma

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