Councilman John Accetturo walked by me a few minutes before the start of Monday night's Carmel City Council meeting and pointed with a smile toward a group of his colleagues.
"Sometimes," he said, "I think people do stuff just to make themselves look bad."Tully notes that the council voted for a new health insurance perk for themselves despite overwhelming public opposition to the move:
In emails and phone calls, and in impassioned public testimony, Carmelites made clear their dissatisfaction with the council . . . .
Their timing seemed calculated; they introduced the ordinance after the May primaries -- the only elections that matter in Carmel because none of the council members will be challenged by Democrats in November.Tully picks up on the absurd explanations offered by councilors who supported the perk:
Councilwoman Luci Snyder promised not to take the coverage but said the perk was appropriate because, "We pay for excellence here." Colleague Ron Carter said it was "the hardest vote" he'd taken, a self-pitying sentiment echoed by others.
Voting to give yourself a new perk isn't exactly a profile in courage.Congratulations, Carmel City Council. You've proven you can be just as bad of a city council as the one we're stuck with down here in Indianapolis.