Political Pressure Mounts for Financial Oversight
November 12, 2013 (Amsterdam, NY ) — Local Conservatives and Republicans rallied at a recent meeting to address their growing concerns and frustrations at the lack of financial accountability and transparency in the public’s right-to-know concerning public finances. With a number of Republican victories in the recent election, conservatives see an opportunity to drive local fiscal policy and financial management on a different course.
“We think it’s time for a more accountable and a more transparent government to the people. We can’t keep taxing people, especially our seniors, and giving handouts to those who frankly don’t deserve it. We have enough takers and if people can’t live within their means, we need to encourage them to cut spending on things they don’t need. Like families who need to live on a budget, so should our public agencies.” said Rick Tetley, leader of the local grassroots movement.
Mr. Tetley’s message seemed to resonate with the public in light of recent issues on the accuracy and availability of public financial statements. Local resident Onicamae Arrotpay concurred with Mr. Tetley, “Our taxes are much too high and it’s clear that homeowners, and especially our fixed income seniors, desperately need relief from high taxes. It’s time we stop coddling everyone who cries for help– we need to tighten our belts and run the city like a business. We have too much welfare and handouts. It’s ridiculous that we don’t have any idea at the state of the financials or exactly where money comes in and comes out. The public deserves better from our elected officials– shame on them for not looking out for the interests of the people. No business is ever run this way so I hope our politicians start to get the message and start learning from the private sector. ”
Mr. Tetley outlined the action plan for the group, “We plan on bringing forth a petition to the next council meeting to address the ongoing operational and financial concerns cited by our group. It is our hope that the mayor and Council will adopt our recommendations especially when the Republican majority takes office. Like our Republican Facebook page motto says, ‘We can’t let up now. There’s too much at stake in 2013 to sit on the sidelines’. I am sure that the fiscal oversight and accountability so sorely lacking over the past years at the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course will finally be addressed and no longer sidelined. Our seniors simply cannot afford it.”