Survey Says! GPS In All City Vehicles. A little History As To How the City Council Pulled a Budget Bait & Switch Back in May of 2016. ~Warwick, R.I.
Warwick Watch asked a poll question: "should GPS be installed in all city vehicles?" You overwhelmingly responded, "yes!"
Having GPS installed in all of Warwick's city vehicles will help to:
A little history for you...
Back in May of 2016,
the Warwick City Council actually all voted yes to GPS in City Vehicles when they made amendments to the Mayor's proposed budget that year (fiscal year 2016-2017).
City Council GPS approval was met with sarcastic jeers and scoffs from the president of the Municipal Employees Union, Scott Small and other DPW employees sitting in the city council gallery (intimidation tactic). Why did they react with their typical, "yeah right" attitude? It's because they can't stand accountability, and they've never been scrutinized and held to any specific professional standard. Yesterday was a perfect example of how GPS could have been used to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse. Two Parks & Rec. employees clearly had no agenda other than to camp out behind parking lots, and drive around aimlessly for two hours with nothing to do.
Getting back to what happened at the May, 2016 city budget meetings...
So, just prior to the final city council vote to approve the final budget (which included the amendments which would have added GPS to city vehicles), a text message was sent to a city councilman by then acting "chief of staff" David Picozzi asking him how he was going to vote on the final, amended budget (illegal). Then, that answer was relayed back to the entire city council by David Picozzi (illegal). The other members of the City Council, learning that one of them would be voting "no" on the final amended budget, schemed to also do the same thing to get the majority "no" vote. By doing so, the original budget would stay in place( the mayor's proposed budget before any changes were made) saving the taxpayers nothing.. no changes (amendments) of any kind, and no GPS in any city vehicles. The City Council members worked with then "chief of staff" David Picozzi to basically pull a "bait and switch." The City Council ended up voting "no" on the the final budget (including amendments)- which resulted in one thing and one thing only: the burning of the taxpayers.
It was all a show.
Do you think the City Council went for GPS in City vehicles again this fiscal year? Oh, of course not. Because when it comes to forensic audits or GPS, or any other form of accountability that would ultimately save the City money and stop extorting more from the Warwick taxpayers, the City Leadership "doesn't want it all to look like a witch hunt."
Screw you Warwick taxpayers.