Over the past seven months I have attended every regular Collinsville City Council meeting. During that time I have continually witnessed the majority of speakers from the audience ask the council to vote one way on important issues, only to have the majority on the council to vote the opposite way, with the rare exception of passing an ordinance allowing chickens.
It is worth pointing out that three votes is a majority because the council only consists of five members, the smallest city council in the region, even though it has one of the largest populations (25,000). Three people voting to raise taxes on residents is not the American way, and it will be interesting to see how the council votes on utility tax increase in the 2016 and 2017 budget since the taxpayers are overwhelmingly against it.
Instead of voting to increase taxes, if the majority on the council cared about the town they live in they would listen to the public, especially residents who take the time to go to council meetings to tell them how to vote in person, and on petition. They should also be working to increase the size of the council to reflect that home rule doesn’t mean three councilmen rule.
Rob Dorman, Collinsville