The room, nearly filled to capacity, held a large number of police and fire department officers who eagerly awaited the passing of a pay increase. Instead of addressing how the money would be raised, and in what manner employee's could earn it, the council unanimously passed an amendment that didn't solve the real issue. The real issue is that Ogden City is out of money. Instead of focusing on ways of cutting back high salaried city leaders, no clear objective mentioned how the city can afford to pay our police officers to protect and serve us.
My grievance stems from the lack of genuine honesty. If we can elect city officials who applaud and sustain our police department without giving them hope of adequate income, with no incentive to add more police officers to the force, what have we gained?
What happened last night is our wake up call. During this election of promises for a better Ogden, let's find a way to consolidate our resources. Positions may need to be eliminated in order to free funds that can be better distributed elsewhere. We shouldn't have to raise taxes to resolve the complexities of our broken system.
I encourage the leaders of Ogden City to re-evaluate their motives and better prepare a way to pay our men and women, who put their lives at risk to provide protection during a time of unprecedented negative police image. We owe them more respect than that.
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