Taking A Stand: Salary Ordinance

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - I like City Councilman Dan McGinn's thinking in relation to his proposed ordinance that would require Evansville employees to win city council's approval before they can receive money from outside agencies.

It's all because of an arrangement with the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, or GAGE, who works to draw businesses to downtown.

GAGE donated $32,000 toward Tom Barnett's $113,000 salary as the Director of the Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development.

Barnett's salary was subsidized because our city officials felt he was the person that could make a big difference in our downtown development and the additional compensation secured his talents for Evansville.

I think all of us agree that business development is crucial for our future success in Evansville.

With that said, let's make sure that we get full disclosure and transparency from our city government. Especially when outside agencies are involved.

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