Wasting money comes natural to Naperville city officials. They’re good at it because they have had a lot of practice doing it. And why not; it’s not their money. As lame-duck councilman Grant Wehrli said recently during a council meeting, “It’s only $38,000” when referring to an expenditure. Whenever the city is short of funds, they simply extract it from the residents and businesses in Naperville.
Of course they will try to think of other ways to cover the shortfall for a few minutes, but they always go for the easy fix; just squeeze it out of of the folks who elected them.
When I’m walking down the street and notice a dime on the ground, I’ll pick it up. If I can save a few cents on the price of a gallon of gas, I’ll do it. I feel like I’ve conquered the day if I happen to find a great the price on a gallon of milk. So when I found out that the Naperville Electoral board was spending $5,951 for less than a full day of work to knock a mayoral candidate off the ballot, who had announced earlier in the week that he was withdrawing his candidacy due to the residency requirement, it caught my attention like a gallon of milk for $50.
Withdrawing his candidacy should have been enough to save the nearly $6,000 but the Naperville Electoral Board moved forward eager to waste tax payer’s money. The former candidate’s attorney offered and requested a continuance since the former candidate was on vacation with his family. The proceeding could have been stopped thereby saving additional money and time from being wasted, but Electoral Board member, and lame-duck Naperville councilman Grant Wehrli opposed the request for continuance because being on vacation is not a ‘compelling reason’ to delay. If that’s not a good reason to stop the proceeding, how about saving a good chunk of that $5,951; wouldn’t that be a good enough reason.
So how does the City waste $5,951 in the amount of time it takes the meeting to come to order, then adjourn, everyone to leave, and then turn the lights off. Well leave it to the City of Naperville’s bureaucracy to pile on attorney’s fees, police fees, clerk’s office fees,and legal staff fees, and this doesn’t even include the cost of coffee and donuts.