Keith Campbell was recently asked by a reporter at the Clarion-Ledger Anna Wolfe why Pearl’s voters ousted now out-going Mayor Brad Rogers.
Campbell believes any alderman who failed to slow down spending should be ousted.
Originally posted on Campbell’s Facebook page, Campbell’s unedited response is posted here now in its entirety.
In my humble opinion, Mayor Brad Rogers loss in the recent City of Pearl Municipal elections was due to a major lack of transparency concerning multiple facts and issues the City is facing which remain unanswered to date.
Mayor Rogers continued to place blame on the prior administration of which he was part of for 12 years prior to his additional 8 years as Mayor. There is a point in which the citizens of this city (or any city) can no longer accept that as an excuse from a leader in which they elected, twice.
The Mayor and majority of the Board of Alderman treated questions from lifelong citizens with contempt.
The good people of this city have watched their property taxes increase 29.07% (2014) with additional increases that come from the re-assessed value of real property.
Our sales tax revenue has steadily increased since the prior administration yet we have watched 7 years of bond downgrades, dilapidated roads, failing infrastructure, higher water rates, parkways on Pearl side not started or complete, and a budget increase of approximately $6 million dollars WITH continued deficit spending.
The citizens were told in 2014 the tax increase was necessary to build Fire Station #5 for the Patrick Farms/Greenfield 2005 annexed area to keep our current fire ratings and to date Station 5 has not been started.
In the end, the final straw was likely the 4-3 vote to extend the 2% Special Tax five (5) years to the developer depriving our children of the much needed funds that were allocated in the law for parks and recreation.
The people in this City deserved answers after 8 years of deflecting to a prior administration, it was time for someone to take the lead and be transparent with the taxpayers of this city.
Candidate for Alderman at Large, City of Pearl