This letter is in response to Mr. Doug Calhoun, who repeatedly says incorrect things (Letters, "Paul Thomas a solid candidate for Bradenton City Council," July 1).
First, neither I nor the Bradenton City Council is against city employee's right to unionize; that's your perception.
The union that you are talking about is in the public works section. There are 200-plus employees and about 25 union members.
Mr. Paul Thomas did not speak for all employees; maybe that is why he was president for only a short time.
Mr. Thomas, from what I know, was an electrician at the waste water plant. He never had anything to do with the budget process nor was he ever involved in infrastructure issues.
Let's make this short and sweet as I will not be responding to you again. But I do invite you to make an appointment with me, and I will be glad to discuss anything you wish. We will start with revenues and expenditures.
As for what we have done in the past, here is information that you can take to the bank.
1. We have spent $30,109,942 on infrastructure repairs since 2003.
2. Starting in 1997 we have given raises to all employees; they have ranged from 3-7 percent. From 2008-2011 no raises were given due to a worldwide recession. In 2012, 3 percent was given; in 2013, 1-6 percent adjustments per the Pay & Class Study.
In 1998 the cost to the taxpayers for employee medical insurance was $1,681,003; in 2013 it was $5,103,643.
So now Mr. Calhoun you know the true facts, not something that has been made up.
Gene Gallo, City Councilman, Ward One, City of Bradenton Bradenton