I’m concerned about the direction of our city under Mayor Carson Ross. I voted for Ross with the best hopes for Blue Springs, but he is not the person I thought he was.
To the editor:
I’m concerned about the direction of our city under Mayor Carson Ross. I voted for Ross with the best hopes for Blue Springs, but he is not the person I thought he was. I am incredibly excited about the growth and development in the I-70 and Adams Dairy corridor, but I’m not naïve and know the city financially backed that development when it stalled. Debt per capita has increased nearly 200 percent in the last four years, yet our sales tax revenue has only brought in 1 percent.
Mayor Ross boasts of his accomplishments, but he has lost touch with his constituents. I’m especially concerned about the major decisions made behind closed doors without citizen input or public record. At the recent chamber luncheon, he even had the audacity to announce he’d like to change the City Charter to give the mayor voting rights, giving him even more power!
In January, $17,000 of our tax dollars were approved for an “educational” advertising campaign on a possible rail transit initiative. Ross supported it and the council members, who voted for this, said we had to contribute to this fund for the opportunity for federal money. In the meantime, our police haven’t had a raise in three years.
The kind of mayor I am looking for is fiscally responsible, openly embraces citizen input through town hall meetings, treats those with differing opinions with respect, and doesn’t have a buy-now-pay-later mentality. That kind of mayor is Michael W. Freeman. He represents the average citizen and has stepped up to the plate to speak up about what is wrong with our current leadership. I hope you join me on April 3 with a vote for Michael W. Freeman.