I understand the city is getting ready to negotiate new labor contracts for all the union workers in Huber Heights. Who will be representing the taxpayers in these negotiations of the new contracts?

There is no question that employees are the largest cost of our operation. In fact, for public safety, 90% of the budget is for people, and 10% is for things. To that fact, we have strived for several years to stay a productive and competitive work environment to keep adequate care of our most valuable asset. We are entering contract negotiations, and I can assure you that we will approach it with a goal of cost containment. A benefits package is much more comprehensive than just salary and health care, and where there are reductions in one, it may cause increases in the other. Nonetheless, I can assure you that we have many years’ experience in managing employee costs to maximize benefit to the community. At this point, it is not permitted to discuss elements of negotiations, but you can be certain that all elements of employee benefits will be discussed with two primary goals: 1) contain costs 2) provide quality working conditions to maintain quality employees. When we discuss those things, it is a comprehensive discussion with many variables and comparables, not just based on a couple of elements. We will always work hard for the benefit of the community.

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1. What is the state of the city’s financial situation?
2. Why hasn’t the city informed the residents of this financial situation?
3. If the city knew it was spending its cash reserves, why is the music center being built?
4. How was the construction contract for the music center awarded?
5. How does the cost of our music center compare to the one built in Cincinnati?
6. What is the projected economic development impact of the music center?
7. What will the music center’s impact on our city’s safety services be?
8. Why did the city opt to do a phone poll/why was I not called?
9. Where can I view specific information regarding the city’s financial status?
10. If the city is forced to reduce safety and city services, what specifically will be cut?
11. Why is the city saying that they won’t build the new firehouse unless they are able to raise new revenue when the funds for the firehouse were passed in a previous tax issue?
12. Why is the city talking about raising taxes instead of making do with less money?
13. What exactly is taxed in an earned income tax?
14. Are you proposing a temporary or permanent earned income tax?
15. What cuts has the city already made, prior to the discussion of the earned income tax?
16. What was the recent action City Council passed about putting a tax levy on the ballot?
17. How can I participate in having my voice heard by city officials?
18. I understand the city is getting ready to negotiate new labor contracts for all the union workers in Huber Heights. Who will be representing the taxpayers in these negotiations of the new contracts?
19. When does the city expect to receive the $1.8 million check from DEC company that was presented to the City?
20. Can the city explain the use of the Emergency Clause that seems to be used for legislative actions taken by the City?
21. What will the official ballot language be for Issue 9?