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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Memo to Karl Frank, Jr.: Make That Call To The Mehlville Fire Board - TODAY!

On October 13, the Mehlville Board of Education voted unanimously to borrow up to $10 million to shore up the underfunded "teacher's fund".  That's strange. Were we not told by this same Board that everything was marvelous with the district's fund balances?
Mehlville employees were awarded close to 15% in salary & benefit increases over the last several years with no major new sources of revenue. It appears that these huge giveaways are not sustainable. It also seems that this incompetent Board has to borrow money just to keep employee paychecks up to date. Does this sound like wise stewardship of your tax dollars?
To add insult to injury, the Call reported in today's edition: "Before the vote on the resolution last week, board member Karl Frank Jr. joked to Knobloch (Chief Financial Officer Noel Knobloch), "Noel, have you run this by the Mehlville fire board?" Knobloch laughed and replied, "No I haven't, but if he wants to call I'd be happy to discuss it with him (Aaron Hilmer)." "You should really think about that in the future," Frank said." Click HERE to read the Call Newspapers' article.
Since Mr. Frank is presiding over a school district that can't make it's payroll and since he has personally declared bankruptcy, we hardly think that Frank has any credibility to criticize the fiscal successes of the Mehlville Fire Protection District. 
Aaron Hilmer and his Board have been sued 25 times by it's union employees in their quest to reform the district's pensions, operations and administration. We have never read that Hilmer needed to borrow money to pay MFPD's employees. But Hilmer opposes Mr. Frank's huge 25% tax increase, Prop C and is also a member of the MCTA.
Yet, Mr. Frank may be on to something. Perhaps a call to Aaron Hilmer from the big spending Mehlville Board of Education would yield good financial advice that would keep the paychecks coming to employees without borrowing $10 million to meet short term cash flow deficits. 
We think that Karl Frank, Jr. and his tax-and-spend Board of Progressives will suffer a backlash from the voters of South County for their cheap shot at the MFPD Board. Hilmer, Stegman and Ryan have proven to the voters that property taxes can be cut and employee pensions can be reformed without damaging services to the public.

Memo to Mr. Frank: Make that call today!


  1. Karl Frank has as much chance of being reelected as Prop C has a chance of passage.

    I was disgusted in reading on Prop C's website that Rich Franz of the MCTA is being denounced for refusing to let former board member Candy Green speak at their kick-off meeting. Then they attempt to tug at our heartstrings by describing Green's cancer diagnosis.

    The TRUTH is, the MCTA PAID for the venue and were there to address their own agenda, not the agenda of Ms. Green and her handler, Dan Fowler.

    This meeting was not an open forum. Ms. Green & Mr. Fowler were attempting to hijack the proceedings and whine to the media about their grievances against the MCTA.

    Now Ms. Green and the Prop C camp are attempting to demonize Franz for stating that the purpose of the MCTA's kick-off event was "not to discuss (Ms. Green's) cancer". Mr. Franz was polite but firm with Ms. Green. I was there and heard the entire altercation.

    Candy Green is entitled to her opinion on Prop C, but to use her cancer as a campaign tool against those of us who oppose Prop C is a red herring and shows how far our opponents will go to win an election. It won't work.

    The voters have already made up their minds about Prop C and Ms. Green's cynical use of her illness to change our minds will ultimately backfire.

    I also suspect that Ms. Green will continue to lobby the board and administration to hire her disabled son as a teacher.

    I don't think that Prop C's Mr. Clobes or Mr. Frank would have allowed Rich Franz to speak at Prop C's kickoff. Ms. Green had no right to demand to be heard at a meeting that did not allow for random speakers from the public and was organized to state an opinion opposite to hers.

    If Ms. Green wants to play to the media, she should attend a Mehlville school board meeting.

  2. I bet you no one signs that lady's silly birthday card. These people are crazy.


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