To the editor:
An article recently written by Patricia Sullivan of the Washington Post regarding yet another tax hike being proposed by City Manager Rashad Young is stunning. We need a city manager who can think creatively.
I am a city resident who is fighting to stay in my home. I have very good educational degrees — and recently obtained an IT certification — and I still cannot find a decent-paying job. I have been looking for three years. Maybe Young should start going door-to-door and find out how hard it is for residents to pay these taxes. My real estate assessment just went up this year by $24,000. I don’t know if I can recover from that, let alone from a future tax hike.
The city manager obviously does not know who his constituents are, or else he would not propose such an outrageous idea.
My solution: I will take Young’s job — and take it for half of his salary — and I guarantee that I can come up with a better, more resident-friendly plan. I have experience working for a law firm for many years. I have been, and am, a business analyst. And I know how to create a successful model for any system, including city infrastructure. So I will gladly take Young’s position and give the residents a break.
I will do it for half the price and get better results. I promise.
– Jennifer Fahey