Re: Strong Mayor, Weak Support
by Carolyn Barta    Wed, Oct 26, 2005, 09:11 AM

A story in the ayem paper substantiates my supposition that Laura Miller's tirade over the tax abatement for Ray Hunt's new downtown headquarters will hurt the strong mayor proposition on the Nov. 8 ballot. Council member Ed Oakley says he'll vote against the proposal he helped to craft for that very reason.

My own opinion on the proposal has been evolving, but I'm clear on one element: The city needs a city manager, a professional administrator, whether or not it has a somewhat stronger mayor. The issue now seems to be whether a mayor should be able to overturn the will of the council and independently be able to fire the manager and police chief. Oakley and others are now saying "no." 

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