Note: Comments from candidate are from The Focus Daily News. The following represent my commentary on those published remarks.
“Challenging (Stan) Smith for his seat is past councilmember Leslie Thomas who has lived in Duncanville for 22 years.
Thomas says her goals include financial responsibility to city government while also rolling back the recent tax increases and control runaway spending”
The City of Duncanville is already fiscally responsible demonstrated by (1) a clean opinion and no findings in its recent audit (2) an upgrade in its bond rating from AA- to AA, and (3) its achievement of gold status on website financial disclosures by the Texas State Comptrollers Office.
“Thomas says her goals include complete the internal audits that began in 2012, but were suspended.”
THIS IS A TOTAL AND COMPLETE WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND SQUANDERING CITY STAFF TIME (MORE WASTE) TO PURSUE A PETTY PERSONAL AGENDA. The current Council ended this witch hunt (instigated by Ann Hubener of the Crescent Realty Cartel) against Monte Anderson. WHAT DO THE TAXPAYERS BENEFIT BY LINING THE POCKETS OF LAWYERS AND FORENSIC AUDITORS?????????????????
“Thomas says her goals include maximize the assets of the Duncanville Police”
This is a confusing statement given the fact that in order to roll back the tax increase AND keep the budget balanced, she’s going to have to eliminate the two police officers that the tax increase funded! Way to make us feel safer in our homes, Leslie!!!!!!!!!!!
“Thomas says her goals include achieve transparency and adherence to the Texas Open Meetings act. “The lack of transparency is ridiculously obvious,” Thomas says. “During recent council meetings there will be numerous complicated items that would come to the floor and disposed of with a quick vote in favor with no discussion When there is no discussion on issues and the votes are 6-0, it is obvious that there is either a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act or gross dereliction of duty”
I can tell you that the first Council meeting I went to (January 2013) was held in the Library meeting room, was not televised, and Leslie Thomas was placing items on the agenda the night of the meeting (which made Don Freeman very angry). That’s when I could see for myself that Duncanville had a leadership problem, which I am proud to be a part of the solution! So Leslie knows what she is talking about, having been guilty of the same.
By the way, did I mention that the current Council has a televised one hour briefing session prior to the (televised) regular session, where we discuss the agenda items? If Leslie would take the time to attend (she doesn’t), she would know this to be true.
VOTE FOR STAN SMITH, DENNIS SCHWARTZ, MIKE MINER AND PATRICK HARVEY!
early voting April 27 – May 5 election day May 9