This ticket strike is not about all the other employees Mr. Ellis, this is about us! You and the gang of 7 heavily rely on the police to stuff the county coffers with cash only for it to be wasted.
Officers risk life and limb when issuing traffic citations, and you take our job for granted. It is beyond sickening to know that you and the commission rely on the revenue from citations, without taking into consideration an officer may die to put a few pennies in the budget. To you Boo-rail, traffic citations are not merely a correction of poor driving habits of the public, but an open cash till with no bottom.
It is not our fault you and the Gang of 7 are fiscally irresponsible. We refuse to be your armed tax collectors.
We are tired of being used, abused, and molested. You and the commissioners have cut our pay and benefits and yet demand more from us. Well Mr. C.E.O., there is no more!
Your days of taking and taking are over. Your days of taxing the general public at gunpoint are over! These revenues should be a bonus for the county at the end of the fiscal year, not relied on to fund the general budget.
To our fellow officers: don’t let the threats scare you. Read your manual and know policy. We do not have a quota. You cannot be forced to issue citations. Citations are at our discretion.
Stay strong,stay united. Let’s show them that 2010 was just a prelude.
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