I am disgusted with the Gateway board of trustee’s lack of interest in representing the taxpayers’ concerns. The whitewashing of starting private non-profit companies with taxpayer money is a sorry attempt to once again screw taxpayers. This is indeed taxation with no representation. It could probably be better stated as James Otis’ "Taxation without representation is tyranny".
This mess is costing taxpayers even more with outside legal counsel continuously being brought in, focusing once again on non-educational issues. Just as a reminder, Gateway is a technical college with 3 campuses.
The Legislative Audit Bureau isn’t convinced by Gateway’s minimal effort in reducing legal expenses by continuing Bill Nickolai’s health insurance. Over 12 years, this could cost taxpayers almost 3 million dollars. This expense is outrageous, yet the Gateway board is smug in it’s decision in just eliminating a $10,000 per month payout for someone who doesn’t even produce reports on his doings, or lack of, as is more appropriately stated.
The addition of a second president is also money misspent. The insurance proceeds that support the position this year are taxpayer’s dollars, not the Gateway board’s own dollars to frivolously toss about on someone considered by the board president as charming and who lacks a doctorate degree. But yet, the Gateway board insists on paying double for the same thing. Just what is Sam Borden doing while his understudy is dodging bullets?
We need, if we are to continue funding this mess, an elected board of trustees so we can bounce them out of office in cases like this.
By Jayne Siler, from the October 2005 issue of UPDATE, the RTA monthly newsletter.