Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Hammie's inept leadership, corruption & over staffing are the reasons for City Hall's current state.
City Mayor, Hamilton Green's attempts to convey the impression that the current crisis the Georgetown City Council finds itself in is as a result of the Government's deliberate withholding of funds and strangulation of every attempt to widen the city's revenue base is far from the truth.
Rather, it is Hammie's inept leadership combined with the fact that City Hall is overstaffed, plagued by corruption that runs from top to bottom and has a revenue collection process that is archaic at best and encourages theft, that has contributed to what has now become an endemic plaguing the city .
Just imagine City Hall has a wage bill of $75 million a month coupled with 900 employees! This makes the City Council the largest corporation in the city and more so-the largest corporation doing what?
We hardly see people in the streets cleaning and even those in the streets, they don’t have rakes, they don’t have shovels, they don’t have long boots, they don’t have protective clothing, nothing.
As for the Mayor's complaint that the government owes the Council money, which we learnt amounts to some $100 million; given that City Hall has a monthly wage bill of $75 million, this figure accounts for the City Council paying just one month’s wage.
Further, the money that the government owes is for an entire year and two payments have already been made.
The government also takes care of major services in the city such as sewerage, water, health, electricity and repairs to roads, while all the City Council has to do is clean the drains, pick up the garbage, look after the markets. So how is Hammie managing the city?
It seems that most of the money that is being collected from the people of Georgetown is being used to pay salaries and run the offices; nothing else. Instead of traveling the World Hamilton Green should settle down to manage the affairs of the City.