The Hill County Clerk and Recorder's office have been reporting that voting has been thus far light in the Current City election. Less than half of the mailed ballots have been returned. Perhaps, like this blogger, everyone is so disgusted with the Mayoral candidates that they are hesitant to even cast a vote. Basically you have a choice between the current and perpetually cranky Mayor Bob or the challenger Tim Solomon, who has so many County ties that he won’t know which way to turn with City business.
I know what we will get re-electing Mayor Bob as we have seen him in action for 8 years. He is perpetually pessimistic, difficult to get along with, and if you don’t happen to agree with him you are his enemy. On the plus side, he has made some accomplishments, in spite of himself, beyond what any of the former Mayors of Havre have ever done. He also considers the job a full-time position and puts in plenty of time being Mayor, whether it’s in City Hall or out with the work crews. To Mayor Bob’s credit I also will give him the fact that the City departments made it difficult for him when he did implement changes, so maybe in reality he is still the best choice.
Tim Solomon is employed by the County and will only be able to devote time to the City on a part-time basis. Mayor Tim would also look at ending the pool lawsuit and consider moving enhanced 911 dispatching back to the County. Accomplishing this of course, would also depend on the City Council. On the other hand Mayor Tim would likely be a push over in City – County negotiations so perhaps if ending bickering between the City and County is a voter’s primary concern without regard to your taxes, he may just be the best choice. I am concerned however with his continual comments about letting the department heads run everything unchecked. That’s how things were before Mayor Bob and the work force didn’t work to their maximum potential. I would venture to guess however, that Mayor Tim would be more approachable and would listen better then Mayor Bob but would he take any action?
All in all, two very less then exciting choices! Be sure and vote, because no matter which candidate wins, it is your tax dollars they will be spending.