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454 total votes
I am not sure what all of his responsibilities are as city manager, but I do know the parks and req program rolls up through him. It is the most poorly managed kids program I have ever seen. People who are absolutely unqualified to direct the program are given a free reign of incompetence, which directly affects the children of this community.
He should remain because city council has not given good reasons for why he should be let go.
If there are issues in parks and rec that flow up to him then it means the mistake being made by the city manager is in failing to fire parks and rec management.
Though, it sure looks like this all is about him shooting down city employee pay raises for busting the budget. For many city employees that is unforgivable and he will be undermined to the city council.
I expect that city employees will soon enough get their pound of flesh and drive out John Roberts. And the next city manager will see the danger in angering the city employees and their elected officials. And so will never directly oppose pay raises, but will only seek to delay raises until it doesn't bust the budget.
And those that vote to fire him will lose reelections just like the Iron Horse crew.
We do not have the capable skills of Wendy Dubord if Jon if fired. Plus we are looking at $100,000 in a search firm fee/moving expenses and many lost months trying to find the perfect candidate. Do we have to go through this drill every time a Council Member gets bent out of shape? A good manager has to make hard decisions including when a raise is appropriate or not especially with OPM!!!!
School board has not wasted several hundred grand for a couple of years now so it is time for the city to do its part. Somebody has throw away those tax dollars so we can raise the sales tax again!
Here is a thought as to why people are leaving Steamboat Springs city life for work in other towns. Maybe they realized that the Steamboat Real Estate market is probably going to remain flat and has the potential of going down. Those that have equity might see it as a chance to cash out and move on.
If they can sell their house here and move to Montana and buy in at $300,000 less for a home, then extrapolated over their future earning potential the raise that they would need to be given might need to be very large.
There has been no actual evidence presented that anything other than a normal level of people leaving city jobs.
There is clear evidence that city has been able to hire qualified replacements since the open jobs have been getting filled quickly.
Looks like city employees are stuffing this ballot box.
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