Sunlight is the best disinfectant – especially if you’re in favor of open and honest government.
That’s why advocates of transparency mark this time in March as “Sunshine Week” – a time to advocate for letting citizens know how their governments make decisions – and how they spend our money.
Was there ever a government more in need of sunshine than Wayne County? We can’t afford more business as usual, with huge deficits, failed construction problems, and no real standards for ethics and accountability.
As mayor of Westland, Bill Wild put a financial dashboard on the city’s website, so taxpayers can check our financial health and see where their money is going. Don’t you think it’s time for a similar approach in Wayne County?
The Detroit News recently said that Wayne County’s fiscal crisis could be “even more dire than Detroit’s.” The deficit is estimated at more than $200 million – but nobody seems to know the real number. That’s kind of scary, isn’t it?
Citizens have a right to know the real facts. We need to bring problems out in the open, bring everyone to the table, and work together to find solutions.
That’s how Westland turned $60 million in projected deficits in Westland into a $5.5 million surplus during Bill’s term as mayor. That’s why so many people across the county are getting excited about the potential for “Wild Leadership” for Wayne County.
For the first time in many years, voters in Wayne County will have a real choice in the campaign for county executive. Open and honest government will be a key issue. Bill Wild will have plenty to say on the subject – and he’s got a strong record to back it up.