Are Merry and Weber Responsible?

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Since: Jun 11

Fort Smith, AR

#1 Jul 17, 2012
There has been quite a few negative comments on another website that Merry and Weber are disappointing in their leadership. But one must ask, were Merry and Weber directors during the last 3 water rate hikes during the last 4 years? Were they responsible for pushing out private enterprise and replacing it with city sanitation? Were they responsible for the water trueup mishap that amounted to over $850,000 and actually cost the citizens $253,000? Are Merry and Weber responsible for the lowering of our Bond Ratings? Are they responsible for allowing the taxpayers to subsidize a convention center without even trying to scale back the center? They may have been city directors last year when the citizens were forced to take the Prepared Food Tax to court for the right to vote on something as crucial as taxation, but one has to ask who was really behind trying to force this tax onto the citizens? Maybe Merry and Weber and even Tyler have been listening to the citizens and see the citizens plight? Sure the pulse beat in NWA is awesome and the further north you go, as into Benton county, Rogers and Bentonville, the pulse beat really hums along. But you know Fort Smith isnít NWA, it isnít Dallas or even Tulsa, it is Fort Smith. There is no brow beating the citizens in NWA. What the few in Fort Smith donít seem to understand is many taxpayers of Fort Smith are tapped out and like these taxpayers, the city government should live within its means. In NWA, the incomes are much higher compared to Fort Smith, Bentonville median household income is $50,000, Rogers $46,000 versus FS at $33,000. Plus, many spend less for essential services than in Fort Smith.
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Van Buren, AR

#2 Jul 17, 2012
My answer is that Merry and Weber are responsible for a lot of the gridlock that our city leadership is currently experiencing.
happytimes

Fort Smith, AR

#3 Jul 17, 2012
great post liberty! the problem in fort smith is that it has all been about creating big government and not about job creation because we have lost 11,000 jobs in fort smith since gosack has been in charge. gosack is an expert at politics and building a crony network of supporters and using his crony base to attack the directors that disagree with his big government agenda. citizens are attacked, city directors are attacked, and everyone is attacked that has a different opinion than ray who only supports his crony network that he has carefully put in place over the last 12 or 13 years while serving as an assistant and even had the nerve to undermine his bosses. fort smith needs growth to survive and if we keep losing jobs, crime will start to rise along with higher taxes. gosack reminds me of barack obama that thinks big government is the answer to every thing! fort smith needs a change in direction!
happytimes

Fort Smith, AR

#4 Jul 17, 2012
"answer" you are one of those crony supporters carefully recruited to attack the people that can think for themselves!
Responsible

Van Buren, AR

#5 Jul 17, 2012
Why is it that Birmingham and Montgomery have a sales tax rate of 10 percent and Chicago, Glendale, and Seattle have a sales tax rate of 9.5 percent while Fort Smith only has a sales tax rate of 9.25%? Fort Smith has a higher average income than Birmingham. Fort Smith has a higher growth rate than Birmingham, Montgomery, Glendale and Chicago and has about the same growth rate as Seattle.

Jack & happytimes, who is responsible for all this good stuff in the Fort?
happytimes

Fort Smith, AR

#6 Jul 17, 2012
who is responsible for all the good stuff in fort smith? the worlds greatest people and the hardworkers that pay taxes! the era of empire building by gosack is over!

Since: Jun 11

Fort Smith, AR

#7 Jul 17, 2012
Responsible,
I would have to say the ones for all the good stuff in Fort Smith is the average, hardworking taxpayers. They have done their part!
Hmmm

Van Buren, AR

#8 Jul 17, 2012
You want to blame all the bad on a couple of people but do not want to give them credit for any of the good.

Fortunately, Fort Smith has been and will remain a harmonious community where elected officials and its citizens work together. We share in the good and the bad in equal parts.

Lastly, we are not swayed by likes of chronic complainers like Liberty13 or happytimes who have a personal vendetta with the city.

Your continued posts clearly show how ludicrous and juvenile you two are.
facts

Fort Smith, AR

#9 Jul 17, 2012
yes liberty 13! its the hardworking taxpayers that allow the government to exist and its these people that deserve the credit for all the good things in fort smith not the crony government that gosack and sanders hide behind with their crony collaborators. government is the people and these guys seem to have forgotten that the reason america became the envy of the world is because we have a government "by the people, for the people, and of the people".
facts

Fort Smith, AR

#10 Jul 17, 2012
hahaha! now the collaborators think that they should be the only ones allowed to post their personal messages and nobody else has the right to be critical of the king and queen! sounds like the british and the red coats are coming to fort smith to squash the rebellious that dare to disagree with crony policy!
wackadoodles

Fort Smith, AR

#11 Jul 17, 2012
Oh the wackadoodles are out in fill force. Give it a rest Jack and Jerry. We're on to you. You have no interest in fixing anything. You are motivated by greed.

Since: Jun 11

Fort Smith, AR

#12 Jul 17, 2012
"Hmmm",

Unfortunately, what I see in recent years, is the city administration trying to force issues onto the citizens of this great city.
When over 70% of the residents stated in a survey said they were happy with their present sanitation provider and then have the city to still force city sanitation without any competitive bidding lowers the trust issue. When the city administration forces the citizens to take petitions to court just to have a right to vote on taxation, lowers the trust issue. And when the citizens are forced to lease and operate a private Ferris wheel, forced to subsidize a convention center that loses between $700,000 and $1,000,000 a year, then you have to ask, is this chronic complainers or is it legitimate taxpayers expecting better from our city administration?
doodledee

Fort Smith, AR

#13 Jul 17, 2012
GREED? who was it that wanted to raise taxes without a vote of the people??? was it gosack--sanders--patrick and his cronies? you talk about greed---just walk in the door of city hall and go to the second floor and you will see GREED face to face!
Chronic

Van Buren, AR

#14 Jul 17, 2012
Liberty13-
My vote is that you and happytimes are just chronic complainers. If it moves you two attack it for moving. If it sits, you two attack it for not moving. Yep, you two are definitely chronic complainers.
hahaha

Fort Smith, AR

#15 Jul 17, 2012
"chronic" (patrick) try beating a different rug because that old excuse has been worn out by you! big greedy government will destroy a city and the loss of 11,000 jobs while asking for a sales tax increase has hurt a lot of people in fort smith! there is no defense for the track record of this administration! thought you had more sense than the old game of attacking the messenger!
There you go again

Van Buren, AR

#16 Jul 17, 2012
hahaha wrote:
"chronic" (patrick) try beating a different rug because that old excuse has been worn out by you! big greedy government will destroy a city and the loss of 11,000 jobs while asking for a sales tax increase has hurt a lot of people in fort smith! there is no defense for the track record of this administration! thought you had more sense than the old game of attacking the messenger!
Always playing the victim. That is your standard procedure. When your logic and reason falls short and is unable to convince anyone that your position is right, you then resort to playing victim. Oh poor pitiful you. You poor little baby. Always being attacked. Boohoo!
rugthumper

Fort Smith, AR

#17 Jul 17, 2012
patrick, give up because you have been beaten like an old rug today and must say that I have enjoyed the contest! you lose and big expensive government loses! just my opinion bro!
back to the question

Fort Smith, AR

#18 Jul 17, 2012
I think Merry and Weber have held back the city. They came in with guns blazing for their personal agenda items, fractured the board, and left us in limbo. But I still think we can move forward and this could be a very strong board if they could find what it is they want to accomplish instead of bird dogging the administration.

And so you are entitled to your opinions, but I prefer not to be dragged under a bus or tarred and feathered because I expressed it.
okie

United States

#19 Jul 17, 2012
let me see! gosack is paid almost 200,000 dollars a year with salary and benefits to run the city! merry and weber are paid 1,000 dollas a year for their service and you have the nerve to blame merry and weber! give me a break! responsibility lies where the big bucks are paid in any business!
wallet

Fort Smith, AR

#20 Jul 19, 2012
same old story! blame the BOD for everything! the fact is that the city administrator is paid the big bucks to run the city and the BOD is only there to approve policy! the BOD can only act on the information that is given them by city hall!

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