After attending the Oro Valley town council meeting on May 1, I began to realize an underlying theme to the way that this council operates. Town employees are not a valued asset.
At the meeting, Councilman Mike Zinkin stated that he wants employees to pay 10 percent more for health insurance. This comes after employees were told for the past three years that there wasn’t enough money to give them pay increases, while the cost of things like fuel, groceries, and health care have steadily increased. Meanwhile, the Oro Valley council was able to piece together $5 million for a new swimming pool and $2 million to bury power lines along Oracle Road.
Furthermore, Councilman Bill Garner commented that he would like to see incentive programs for college graduates entering the police field. Perhaps Councilman Garner should first consider an incentive program for current police employees who already possess a college degree, or those who earn a degree on their own time.
It makes more sense to give current employees who already have years of training and experience an incentive to stay with the town, than to give incentives to brand new college graduates with no experience.
Members of the Oro Valley town council justified their decision to allocate that remarkable sum of money for the new pool by pointing to the long-term revenue that the pool would earn, equating it to an investment. Perhaps the town council should start to consider investing in the long-term capital of their own employees.