Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager
Thoughts on running a city, daily musings, and everything in between.
City Manager, Auburn Hills, MI
Ah, now this is a good question. It follows the question of what are you going to do about “them”. For those who are totally lost right now, thinking I fell off the soap box I stand on once in awhile and bumped my head. After last week’s bomb shell that the School District of the City of Pontiac was attempting to quietly pass on their financial ineptness onto the tax payers without involving anyone outside their own cozy relationship, yes, that $7.8 million dollar slip up.
After some digging we find out that that according to the law we are not harmed as a city financially from this elected board’s decision/ non-decisions/ ineptness (guess I am still at a lack of understanding of what goes through some people’s minds). I disagree with the law, but that is for another day.
After this news getting out I have received many comments from our residents and residents who live in the City of Pontiac, all have been with the same tone and message. “How do we stop them?”
I do not know. What I have found is it seems that MESSA does have the “right” to sue for the unpaid invoices. The school district seems to have the “right” to enter into a consent judgment. The judge even has the “right” to accept this agreement that punishes entities that have a say in who sits on this elected board with no strings attached, that same entity that says the school district will be better stewards of the children they are suppose to be educating or of the money they are entrusted of spending to get these same kids a solid foundation to grow upon.
But it sure doesn’t seem right, to this simple guy, that a community that only sends about 350 children to Pontiac Schools should be responsible for over half of this irresponsible and predictable bill. That’s right, of the $7.8 million blunder of public funds, $4 million will be passed on to Auburn Hills taxpayers.
So they say we don’t have a dog in this fight, otherwise I might publish the phone numbers to every school board member in the School District of the City of Pontiac, or the School Officials who partook in this scheme to defund the tax payers, and might even give out the name of the Judge who presided over this mess, or even any Elected Official in Lansing to be able to point to this level of incompetence and say this has to stop. But, I am above this and figure if people were upset about this they would use their computers and phones to find this information and do what they think is “right”.
Some may say, “Pete, you said you don’t legally have a dog in this fight, why keep telling the story?” and I would respond, “I am sorry Mr. Vick (made up name, not to be confused with convicted dog fighter), but I remember reading one time that Mr. Martin Luther King Jr. said:
‘He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.’”
And for me, I do not know a lot of people who should want to be a part of this charade.
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