By Joseph Tocco
Joe Gives Money Advice. Oh Boy
Joe Nichols is prepping for the budget by posting memes on his “safe’ Facebook page. If you have watched the budget “discussions” the last two years like I have, you know that a lot of words were used by Joe, but not much in the way of facts. This is a shame being for the past 30 years of my living here, budget time was an uneventful process.
So the former Mayor who endorsed Joe, had to chime in.
Now Doug was Mayor for four years and that ended (mercifully) in Nov of 2015. Does any one recall Doug saying that Fraser TIER 1 services would have to be combined with other cities by 2020?
When or where was Doug offering this “new mindset” he speaks of? Do you recall?
Has any official accounting firm like Plante Moran or someone from the Michigan Municipal League given Fraser this diagnosis? I will admit that I try to watch as many meetings as possible but I could have missed this.
During the last couple of elections it was said that Doug and his cronies ( Joe, Matt and Yvette are included in this) were in favor of eliminating the Fraser Police and rolling them into the Macomb County Sheriff Dept much like Mount Clemens was forced too. If I recall, they all have denied that was the goal. Yet is this not what Doug is saying we have to do and Joe just agreed with him?
What numbers does Doug have that the city manager, finance director, Abraham & Gaffney, P.C. CPA Firm, Plante Moran and all seven council members don’t have?
After Doug made his ridiculous claim that all of the homes on Eberlien had lost 50% of their value and that 40% of the homes in Fraser had lost 5% or more of their value with no actual data, when do we finally start asking him to “back up his claims with real data”?
Mr. LaDuke and his show tackled this glaring flaw here with Why Is Doug Hagerty Mad?
Anyone can make numbers up. Takes a real leader and honest person to back it up with facts.
Also Joe is half right about what Einstein said ( He left out the ” definition of insanity” in that quote) yet there is a greater point.
Doug and his circle of people have been involved in city government since 2003 in one way or another.
We have seen how Doug allowed the council to be found in violation of the Open Meetings Act over towing. Allowed the council to go for almost a full year with an empty seat which created confusion and also allowed bad information to get out about a possible sale of the senior center.
He also was accused of trying to trade a vote to get his friends,Fosters towing, the towing contract back after two company executives pleaded no contest to fraud charges stemming from insurance billings to AAA Michigan. ( Doug is this still being investigated? Fraser councilwoman files police report against mayor )
Fraser does need “bold changes.” I suggest those bold changes are too finally stop listening to Doug and the people he supports like Joe, Matt and Yvette and listen to those that actually back up what they say with facts.
Not just words.
Not just meaningless Facebook posts or hiding behind blocked accounts being they are scared too face up to scrutiny of those who can challenge their lack of knowledge and integrity.
As Einstein correctly said,
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Following Doug and those he has supported in their lack of facts and meaningless comments is the very definition of Insanity.
If Fraser is to move forward, the insanity must stop.