Letters to the Editor

City's salary savings aren't a sure thing

To the Editor,

Re: City eliminates seven managers, Nov. 28.

Recent newspaper reports have noted some vague new strategic plan to re-adjust the administrational operation.

Although there are stated plans eliminating some positions, there is no explanation of new responsibilities of holders of those position. There is notice of two positions being phased out, however, with the probability of another set of golden handshakes. In the real world, when a business is in trouble  and must reduce staff, it is the responsibility of those released – with some limited assistance – to fend for themselves, but not when taxpayers are generously shaking the hand.

The city administration states a figure of savings by this mysterious reconstruction ,but governments in general are not very successful in such predictions.

The necessity of any plan with a proposed final result needs one vital bit of information. What is the start situation?

There have been calls for a core review to know exactly what is now the situation. These requests have been totally rejected. A newly founded and growing group, the Nanaimo Ratepayers Association, is stressing this action and others are realizing its necessity, but administration is trying to avoid such lights.

D. F. Connors
via e-mail

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