In a city where we’ve had to look for new ways to collect taxes, increase fees, and decrease services, we have been told that every penny counts. Then shouldn’t $3 million count considerably??
Mayor Parker recently barely secured enough votes to approve a new wireless contract that would save $3 million. AT&T is the current provider for city cell phones and emergency communications. Parker has been trying for a while now to switch the contract over to Sprint to save $3 million.
Sure, there are a few detriments to consider: Sprint is not a Texas company like AT&T, Sprint might not have the infrastructure and personnel support needed during disasters like hurricanes as AT&T does, and Parker’s former campaign treasurer is a registered lobbyist for Sprint.
So with all of these items to think about before approving the new contract, what was the main concern with Sprint? They are not a union like AT&T! $3 million is on the table here, and that is what council members are concerned with? Council members approve contracts for the city all the time, and I can’t remember a time where members tried to go with another company based only on whether or not they are a union. It is time for them to wake up and hear from their constituents that we need to take a serious look at our finances and cut every place we can.
How the council members voted:
FOR (approving the change from AT&T to Sprint):
Anne Clutterbuck, Stephen Costello, Sue Lovell, Oliver Pennington, James Rodriguez, Brenda Stardig, and Mike Sullivan
AGAINST (voted to keep the AT&T contract):
Ed Gonzalez, Melissa Noriega, Wanda Adams, C.O. Bradford, Jarvis Johnson, and Jolanda Jones