Consider new plan for water board

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 1, 2007

The practice of double dipping is under attack in our state government.

One in every four legislators has both a paid job in the Legislature and in another position in state government or public education.

Gov. Bob Riley is seeking to end this practice.

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Whatever happens at the state level, it’s a good time to consider whether we want our city officials to also be double dipping.

Presently, we have two members of the Selma City Council who also serve in paid positions as officers on the Sewer and Water Board.

Two other council members are claiming an open spot on the water board.

In addition, the mayor serves as superintendent of the water board, a position that earns him an additional salary.

The argument is made that this is how it’s always been done in Selma. But just because it’s always been done this way, doesn’t make it the right thing to do.

Our mayor and city officials need to concentrate on the business of running the city and doing what is best for its citizens.

It seems to be tough for them to do that.

Why do we allow them to have the extra responsibility of running the water department as well?

Whatever happens with the open seat on the board, citizens need to consider whether having city council members on the board is a good idea at all.

After all, if double dipping is a bad idea for the state legislature, why not for the city council?