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Sales Tax Vote Moved

The Mobile City Council agreed to put off today’s vote on the 1% increase in the sales tax rate until next Tuesday.  However, Councilmember Reggie Copeland has called a Special Meeting for Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

Reports are that Councilmember Gina Gregory may be the swing vote on this ordinance.  Councilmember Gregory’s phone numbers are listed below:

Office: (251) 208-7441

Home: (251) 415-5889

Fax: (251) 208-7482


NOW is the time to call the Mayor and City Council and tell them to Vote NO.


Call City Hall Today – Tell Them Vote NO!

The city council may very well vote on the 1% sales tax at today’s meeting.  Call the Mayor and Council and tell them to Vote NO!  Better yet…attend the meeting and tell them in person.


Office: (251) 208-7395

Fax: (251) 208-7548

City Council:

Office: (251) 208-7441

Fax: (251) 208-7482



10% Cut in City Employees Salary

I have received a 100% thumbs up from those who read the last post on the City Council and their attempt at pirating away an additional 1% sales tax from the citizens of the City of Mobile.  Thanks for your continued support.

After the recent announcement the City of Mobile was planning on cutting 10% out of every employees pay check, there was an outcry that had one veteran employee calling for Mayor Sam Jones resignation. The mayor should have realized that just merely talking about a 10% wage cut would have its toll on employee moral.

Because of this announced cut, it would appear that some city employees are showing their displeasure in the job they perform for the general public.  In the picture below, you will see how a recent Friday trash pick-up went for one of our supporters.  In the picture, you can see where the bucket made a stab at removing the trash.  Trash pick-up has always been efficient in this area, but this type of lackluster workmanship had never happened prior to the mayor’s proposal.

Trash Pickup

Trash Pickup

It would appear the city worker who was responsible for this particular Friday pick-up was able to scoop up about 90% of the trash.  I guess he figures that the Mayor and City Council will come by and pick up the other 10% that is still laying beside the street.


Where Did The Money Go?

Well, we haven’t had much to report on for a while.  We don’t post items just to make us feel good, but when something becomes noteworthy we feel obligated to jump in with our assessment of the situation.  After all, our mission at City Watch PAC is to call attention to city government trying to follow the lead on Capitol Hill in relieving you of your money or your property…or both.

We figured that once the sun came out and warmer temperatures were the norm instead of the exception that City Hall would soon be trying to get back into the taxpayers pockets…one way or another.  It would appear we didn’t have to wait very long for a crisis to manifest itself.   We are barely out of “Blackberry Winter” and the mayor has already said the city must have an additional 1% sales tax to save the city from certain doom and gloom.

We are still a little confused how the city could be in a financial mess to the tune of some $15,000,000.  It was just a short time ago they were handing out dollars for almost every special interest group, beatification project, or charitable group that asked for a donation.  And don’t forget about all of the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on consultants over the past couple of years.  It is not the first time we have asked. “Where did all the money go”…so we will ask again, “Where DID all the money go?”

In our opinion; pet proects, charities, special interest groups and individuals that receive money from the city should be held accountable for the money they receive.  If the city is not sure where the money was spent, then the city has every right to ask for an accounting of the funds that were provided.  I would hate to know that hard earned taxpayer money has been spent on unrealistic fact-finding trips, extravagant meals, stays in luxury suites, parties, 1st Class air fare, limousine services or other such expenditures.  Remember, some things can be quite legal, but may also be extremely unethical.    I remember growing up that if my folks were having a tough time financially, then we didn’t take a vacation that year.  Our elected officials would do well to take this advice to heart.

There is no doubt in our mind the city council is well into the blame game and we can also imagine the finger-pointing is at an all time high.  Some are probably claiming they were mislead by those who prepared the budget when they voted on the equivalent     of our own “Stimulus Bill”.  By that we mean spending other peoples money that you don’t have yet.   Some may even claim they should have been informed, in advance, of this terrible mess that has fallen on our fair city.  Well, here is a shocking word for our Mayor and City Council members.  YOU WERE INFORMED!

When the budget is laid before you, it is your responsibility to read every page and to account for every dollar.  If you don’t understand something, then ask someone to explain it to you.  If you need more information, keep requesting it until you have all the facts.  By voting on a budget that you did not fully understand is, in our opinion, a violation of your oath of office.  Now to clean up for your mistakes, the entire population of Mobile may have to endure more taxes.  The $15,000,000 shortfall is squarely at City Hall’s feet.

Our Mayor and City Council members were elected to do a very tough job.  They were elected to make the hard decisions.  They were elected to be leaders and to put the citizens of Mobile first.  Now, look in the mirror and tell me if you think you have lived up to your oath to the people of Mobile.  At some point you have to take off your campaign hat and put on your leadership hat…that time should be now.

Quick prediction.  Someone at City Hall will end up being the scape goat of this whole budget mess and you can bet it won’t be the Mayor or any of the Knights that sit at the round table.  Someone probably needs to dust of their resume as a 1% sales tax increase has all the makings of Mobile’s very own Tea Party.

That’s all for now, but coming up we will look at the some interesting “intel” from City Hall and we will look at how to possibly save the budget without layoffs, salary cuts, or the 1% sales tax.

By the way it is time to start a “Let’s Have An Audit” campaign.  Let’s find out where all the money went!


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Sunset in Spring Hill!

Sunset Over Spring Hill

Sunset Over Spring Hill


Of all of the projects that were promised to the people of Spring Hill, cleaning up the intersection of Old Shell Road and McGregor Ave. was, in our opinion, the most popular. So, what happened?


CityWatchPac thinks the picture speaks a lot more than 1000 words.  More like 235,000 words.





Welcome – The Family Pharmacy of Spring Hill

Last evening, members of CityWatch-PAC had the opportunity to meet Pat and Taffy Busby, the new owners of The Family Pharmacy of Spring Hill.  They are remodeling the building formerly occupied by Five Gold Monkeys on Old Shell Road next to Bank Trust.

Coming Soon

Coming Soon - The Family Pharmacy at Spring Hill

Pat and Taffy said the process has been a challenge, but they are looking forward to the opening of their new pharmacy in Spring Hill.  Their next hurdle comes on November 5, 2009 where they have a petition before the City of Mobile Planning Commission.  This request is to amend a previously approved Planned Unit Development, PUD, for their location, which will allow shared access and parking.

Basically, in talking with Pat Busby, he says the current City of Mobile code requires them to have two additional parking spaces due to the soda fountain being included in their new business.  We are sure the thoughts of an old-fashioned soda fountain brings back a lot of fond childhood memories for all of us.  We can’t wait to see what kind of “goodies” they have in store.

If you would like to review their request, the zoning case number is ZON2009-02549.  Be sure and use this number instead of the one listed in the Meeting Agenda portion of the City Planning Commission web site, as that number seems to be in error.  The City Planning Commission site adds an extra “0” that invalidates the search on the City Of Mobile Building Permit web site.

The Family Pharmacy of Spring Hill remodeling project is being managed by Cummings Architecture Corporation of Mobile, Alabama.

CityWatch-PAC would like to welcome Pat and Taffy Busby and The Family Pharmacy of Spring Hill to our neighborhood.


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