by Pete Kotz
on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 5:47 AM
Economists estimate that it takes $7,000 to back the Beachwood mayor's official truck out of his driveway.
I think the recent I-Team report by Fox News on the vehicles that local
mayors drive was wonderful. I was outraged listening to the Beachwood Mayor describe driving a 2008 V8 Chevy Tahoe (over $55,000 retail price). I would urge you to look further into the spending patterns of these politicians. You may want to look at how the
politician's family members also drive their public vehicles.
I can only imagine what other outrageous spending patterns you will find at the cost of
taxpayers. Beachwood is probably a great place to start, as the city continues to spend more money while taxes go up each year. The city officials that permit this type of spending should be prosecuted for the misuse of public money. The city councilmen are just as responsible for the authorization.
Keep up the good work and thanks for bringing this issue to the forefront. Please stay tough
on these politicians. Demand answers for their spending. There is an even better story here, you just need to keep digging.
A Lifelong Cleveland Resident