To the editor:
I have been reading various postings supporting the election of Diane Buckshnis. The writers are probably quite familiar with the volunteer work that she has done, but the primary source of their familiarity with her city council work is her propaganda machine. They have attended few, if any, council meetings, and have shown up at zero council finance committee meetings. Had they attended some of those meetings they undoubtedly would now have different opinions.
It is very interesting that nobody had previously vocalized, or had written about, any problem understanding our city’s budgets. This only became a problem when Ms. Buckshnis, as a citizen, started to attend council meetings. That was at a time when the Fire District 1 contract was being discussed. She made incorrect accusations about problems with the contract. She became relentless with her false claims about our city’s financial statements after being appointed a council member in 2010. I am still waiting to see a listing of the alleged improvements Ms. Buckshnis has brought about.
Ms. Buckshnis has caused a financial ordinance to be adopted by city council. Now she laments that the ordinance is not being adhered to. Unfortunately it was adopted before anyone made an assessment about the finance department’s ability to comply – the resources do not exist to do what the ordinance mandates. The interim finance director director has said that 3 additional staff members would be needed.
Ms. Buckshnis apparently asked questions earlier about the spending in excess of budget for the new Haines Wharf Park. However simply moaning about an issue is not enough. She should have taken action to cause council to review this project more than one year ago when she started talking about it.
And yes, Ms. Buckshnis has had a great education and an impressive working career. But what’s now relevant is her track record for the nearly 21 months she has been an appointed member of our city council. That record was obviously deemed not to be impressive by the majority of those voting in the primary election; 55% of those voters want Ms. Buckshnis replaced! In November the right choice is to elect Bob Wilcox.