The Courier Editorial Board has already addressed the long list of failures of the Mayor and Findlay City Council in their effort to make permanent the increase in the city income tax. But the Courier did not mention the Mayor Mihalik’s biggest failure, the campaign pledge during her race for Mayor that the City of Findlay did not need to make the temporary ¼% income tax increase permanent.
The Courier was dead wrong when they wrote “Most people will accept her about-face”. The Courier can apologize all they want for the Mayor’s flawed judgment. Politicians need to be held accountable for the promises they make in “the heat of a campaign”. It seems clear that Mayor Mihalik’s campaign pledge casted a long shadow over the effort to pass the income tax renewal. The Mayor’s campaign pledge set up unrealistic expectations in the minds of her voters, it diminished her credibility once she did her homework and faced the reality of Findlay’s fiscal problems.
Mayor Mihalik was the only candidate for mayor to promise not to seek a renewal of the income tax. All of the other candidates looked at the same facts and came to this same conclusion; the tax increase was necessary, not an easy thing to say for anyone running for office. Was the Mayor’s campaign position based purely on ideology, was it her ego that drove her to believe she could simply outsmart the problem or was she simply unable or unwilling to back off a campaign pledge that give her an advantage in her run for the mayor’s office?
Whatever the reason, Mayor Mihalik’s failed judgment has done real damage to the City of Findlay. So now Mayor Mihalik needs to put forward a plan to fix it. Time for Lydia to lead!
See Findlay Courier Editorial “Defeated” here: http://www.thecourier.com/opinion/editoral/2012/Nov/08/ar_ed_110812.asp?d=110812,2012,Nov,08&c=e_0
See Findlay Courier Editorial “About Face” here: http://www.thecourier.com/opinion/editoral/2012/Jul/05/ar_ed_070512.asp?d=070512,2012,Jul,05&c=e_0