Some things seem to defy logic. Hillary Clinton hasn’t been indicted for her email issue, the Chicago White Sox have been winning, and Naperville Township’s highway commissioner (Stan Wojtasiak) hasn’t agreed to save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Naperville city officials have offered Wojtasiak an opportunity to make local government more efficient by streamlining expenses without sacrificing services, and Wojtasiak continues to delay approval and implementation of the plan.
City officials have addressed his concerns, and acquiesced to his requests, yet Wojtasiak balks at every step of the process. It’s obvious that the township highway commissioner has no intention of signing any agreement, which in essence would save thousands of taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes .
This is a classic example of what is wrong with government at every level; the needs of one or a few, trump the needs of thousands.
Naperville city officials have made every effort to satisfy Wojtasiak with major concessions including matching current levels of service and maintaining an administrative assistant to the tune of approximately $80K per year including benefits. There have even been some offsets including street lights, but Wojtasiak’s response has been the sound of crickets. City officials have invited Wojtasiak to meet with the council, but again, nothing but the sounds of silence.
It’s possible that highway commissioner Wojtasiak is holding out for an agreement which would double his salary, cut is limited workload in half, and increase his vacation time to 50 weeks per year.
The bottom line, if push comes to shove, Wojtasiak is on the wrong side of right, and Naperville city officials have available options which could vaporize the highway commissioner’s authority, and leave him on the outside looking in. City officials don’t want to go that route, however, considering the benefits of helping thousands save money on their property taxes, vaporizing Wojtasiak’s perceived authority is very doable and becomes quite attractive to taxpayers.
There is one other nuclear option to quickly resolve the issue. Mayor Steve Chirico was a Naperville Central high school wrestling champion. Considering Wojtasiak is not that interested in talking, maybe he’d be willing to meet Chirico on the mat, with the winner taking all.