HARRISBURG--—Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson releasing quite the statement today, bashing multiple city council members. The Mayor saying, some council members, " Have no idea what they're doing".
She specifically called out members Wanda Williams, Susan Brown-Wilson, Brad Koplinkski and Eugenia Smith, saying they are "unfit" for public office, after they voted her Act 47 plan down last week.
Council member Brad Koplinski was a target in the Mayor's statement.
She cites two bills that she says were stalled by Koplinski's Build and Housing Commitee, when they could have been generating money for the city.
In her statement she says, " He has repeatedly demonstrated his incompetence in financial matters"
We caught up with Koplinksi, who was helping to clean upCity Island today, who says thos bills aren't being held up.
" They`re not being held up and I would bring them up for a vote in the next session and I hope my colleagues would heed her call and vote for them, there was some backup and pushback from some of my colleagues. I`ve always wanted these bills to pass.," says Koplinski
He also fires back in response to her comments about his qualifications, saying when it comes to the problems of the city, name calling isn't going to solve anything and that he won't be giving her the diginity of a response.
Below is the statement in its entirety:
"City Mayor Linda D. Thompson called on City Council today to "get in gear and get moving on revenue initiatives" that have been lingering in committees for more than a year, before the General Assembly and Governor Tom Corbett shut Council down.
Mayor Thompson pointed to further delay at the recent Council committee meeting on parking tax and fee increases, measures the Mayor's Administration put before Council more than a year ago.
"The inexcusable and incompetent delay by some council members continues to weaken City governance and cost our citizens revenue losses every day." The Mayor said.
"This Council has about three weeks to move all the revenue increases it can to offset future revenue short falls, before the State removes their financial decision making authority moving forward."
The Mayor said some council members, "have no idea what they're doing" and cited two bills which could be generating revenue from codes violations as well as put pressure on slum landlords operating in the City.
The two measures, which would amend the inspection codes on residential rental units and buyer notification inspections, have been stalled for more than a year by Council member Brad Koplinski's Build & Housing Committee.
"Mr. Koplinski has repeatedly demonstrated his incompetence in financial matters, his reliance on 'insider' rumors in the midst of serious financial transactions, and his inability to grasp even the most basic cash-flow information," the Mayor said.
"Frankly I have to question why he continues to stall rather than move these two bills forward for full Council vote." Mayor Thompson added.
The City Department of Codes Enforcement estimates revenue gained from the two bills held-up in Koplinski's committee for more than a year would have reached $235,000 this year alone, if passed when introduced by the administration.
Instead, revenue from residential rental and buyer codes inspections will be only about $90,000 in 2011.
"Why have these measures, which would strengthen City control over slum landlords as well as more than double current revenue, been held up by Mr. Koplinski?" Mayor Thompson asked.
"This revenue could have been used to increase our codes inspectors, which would increase codes inspections, reduce slum lord violations, and further increase revenue." The Mayor said. "Or we could have added police or fire personnel to the City."
Mayor Thompson said the damage done to city governance and the financial future of Harrisburg by Council members Wanda Williams, Susan Brown-Wilson, Brad Koplinski and Eugenia Smith renders them unfit for public office.
"They are the direct cause of the so-called historic 'take over' the legislature and governor will soon implement; and they are the direct cause of the City's current 'high interest' financial situation." The Mayor added."