No wonder so many seek office in Kennesaw
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DEAR EDITOR:

I’ve always wondered why there are always so many people running to become one of many leaders in the city of Kennesaw, while in Acworth hardly anyone runs for public office. My wife always told me: “If you want to find out why anything is happening in politics, just follow the money.”

Then on Sunday, I read the front page article in the MDJ, in which the Kennesaw mayor stated there is no formal policy for use of city credit cards by himself and the council.

Well, now I understand. Anyone who manages to get elected is given an unlimited credit card, backed by the taxpayers. The well-worn political adage is still in play: “Ya gotta trust me.”

Lordy! Lordy!!! If you can buy that, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to talk to you about.

Jim Stoll

Kennesaw

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Eileen Alberstadt
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November 01, 2013
Early Voting Ends today here in Kennesaw at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Please go vote between 9-5. Debra Williams is running against Matt Riedemann and Jim Sebastian running against against Jeff Duckett. Debra and Jim are looking to eliminate the pensions that are given from day 1 in office and taking away credit cards from The Mayor and all Council Members. I think we need to clean house and put two honest people in those seats for the betterment of the community. I am sure by now you have all been reading the articles posted in the MDJ and have come to understand what is really going on in this City of Kennesaw. Lets change things around. We can not do it without your support and that is your vote. Debra Williams,Post 4 and Jim Sebastian, Post 5. And lets not forget Bruce Jenkins, for re-election, Post 3. Bruce is running against the former Mayor of Kennesaw, Leonard Church. Wasn't it enough from Mr. Church from his million dollar spending? Think about your City!
Jim Stoll Reply
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November 01, 2013
Jim,

You are certainly correct on your assessment. It's a bit deeper, however. If you review the 2012 CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) from the City of Kennesaw website you will see if more interesting information.

The mayor and city council receive pensions for their years of service. Yes, part-time, small town servants receiving lifetime pensions. They are paid $12k per year for their service.

Mathews refers to us as idiots. Tim Killingsworth believes per diems would cost the taxpayers more money, Matt Riedemann has more financial problems than you could imagine and Mr. Duckett (referred to as Duckett the Puppet) simply takes his direction from the mayor.

Yes, your wife is correct. Always follow the money. Take a look at an interesting blog on the Kennesaw Patch website called Wake Up Kennesaw for more information on the financials of the City.
Bruce Jenkins
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November 01, 2013
A recent article published highlighted the desperate need for a "per diem policy" in our city, as a resident for 23 years and homeowner. Questions, great questions are needed to be asked and answered I personally draw from the article. Some facts are left dimly lit and are haunting, strained from view in many cases that are sited in the article. I personally understand a budget and wasteful spending. I voted against the recent budget because of the increased revenue usage? I voted against the only tax increase in nearly 20 years.

Some examples of purchases mentioned:

1.) $113.00 at PaPa Johns for Pizza, this was for lunch for our City's eight member Youth Council, their three sponsors, administrators on a visit to the State Capitol with Senator Tippens and Rep. Setzler allowing them to save money by having lunch in their office rather then going to a local restaurant, (in this area, more expensive and less personal time with these elected officials).

2.) Dicks sporting goods for shirts summer and winter shirts for again for the eight member City's Youth Council and their sponsors with monograming their names with the city logo, their "uniform" for this year long leadership training.

3.) At the National League of Cities Conference in DC, The purchase at the Pink-berry Ice Cream shop mentioned, after dinner, along with many others in attendance was purchased by another City official from Denver, I felt Kennesaw's hospitality should be shown to the other guests in attendance and purchase their ice cream, a $25.00 investment.

Why was I attending the NLC convention and looking after the Youth Council, or going to the Dairy Queen to meet a ailing Council member to update him by the giving of care with city business, simple answer. If you notice and take time to see, hear and understand the facts...in many cases, its simple, I cared for a fellow council member, Bill Thrash and many others. In his case, I tried to care for a dream that we didn't want to see die with him. His legacy of being named to the NLC's Youth Education & Families Commission, etc. The list goes on, in this parade of specters, but to stop, point out that even in this season of ghosts and goblins, this is not a "which hunt"; it is a need for clarity, team work. Our community needs to gain the facts and grasp what we are doing with their funds. For those who take the time, their are reasons I do what I do, it is not for personal gain, personal consumptions, it is simple. My mentor taught me that simply breaking bread with someone was the greatest clear sign of acceptance. My mentor demonstrated this with the simple act of inviting himself to Zacchaeus's home for dinner. Just mediate on the mission, discover the reasons and purpose for expenses, these can usually be found or should I say demonstrated in something as simple as what I call "Character".

Fond regards,

Bruce Jenkins
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