|WILL NOT BE BULLIED|
RESPONSE TO “CHALLENGE” 9-16-15 LMS
Local campground owner Robert Dunlop has been publically challenging members of the Salmon City Council to donate the full amount of their recent raise to the Library Fund. The raise amounts to $500 over the period of a year.
During the September 16 council Roundtable Discussion Councilman Fred Waidely took exception to the demand and its tone. He said Dunlop is making it sound as if council members slithered taxpayer money into their own pockets by raiding taxpayer coffers and helping themselves to the public till.
Waidely said it has been 12 years since the council has had a raise and through creative due-diligence it has been at least five years since the city has had to raise taxes. He said he, as well as other council members, devote many hours of service to city business as well as to community service. Speaking personally he said he and his wife are year around residents who support many local programs, events and causes in Salmon and Lemhi County both monetarily and in volunteer services including the Salmon Public Library. He said they shop at home, are registered to vote in Idaho and all of their personal vehicles are registered in Idaho. Waidely asked, “Can the citizen making this challenge make the same statements. I wonder.” He said he and his wife don’t need a challenge to contribute.
Waidely said he feels Dunlop’s intention to publish the names of councilmen that donate and those that don’t in the local newspaper, amounts to an act of bullying. He acknowledged this is an election year and that he is up for re-election but said he would never attempt to keep his council seat through this type of publicity stunt. He said, “I will not respond to this type of bully tactic.”
Waidely said to what he and wife choose to donate is a private and personal matter and for some third party to publish that information in the media without permission is an infringement on personal privacy.
He said he would also like to point out to the challenger that the $50 a month raise does not take effect until after the newly elected City Council takes office in January of 2016 therefore, the three current councilmen running for office may not even be there.
Waidely said he suspects the motivation behind Dunlop’s challenge is more about notoriety than it is about raising money for the Library Fund.
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