From Wilma and Wellington Webb <[email protected]>
Subject We cannot stand by
Date October 21, 2020 2:44 PM
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We cannot stand by without urging you to vote NO on Denver Ballot Measures 2E and 2G.

Hello Denverites:

We know that people have started to vote - and are eager to get their ballots in to change the course of our country and our state, so we will get right to the point. There are two measures on your Denver ballot this year that threaten our standing as a world class city. We cannot stand by without urging you to vote NO on Denver Ballot Measures 2E and 2G.

When Wellington was Mayor, he helped take our city from good to great. We have been fortunate to have several leaders who have helped our city excel. And even today, during a pandemic, agencies have affirmed Denver’s AAA bond rating, thanks to smart leadership and sound fiscal policies.

Measure 2E asks if the City Council should have authority to approve mayoral cabinet appointments. We can tell you that finding the best people to serve in cabinet positions can be difficult under normal circumstances. Furthermore, the mayor is held accountable for in-depth vetting and only the mayor is held accountable when those appointees face challenges or don’t perform to the expectations of Denverites.

If a Council member has a concern about any given appointment, they are currently able to talk to the Mayor about those concerns. But some on this Council have been unwilling or unable to reach out to the mayor to find solutions to challenges of our City. Ballot measures should not and do not replace the work required of the Mayor and the Council to work together.

Measure 2G would give the Council the ability to add budget appropriations or transfer funds during the fiscal year. The City of Denver’s AAA bond rating is a result, in large part, to our ability to make spending decisions during crises, including the current pandemic. Having Council members introduce supplemental appropriations or transfers at any time for their pet projects could be highly disruptive to the funding of basic services.

The mayor and budget director customarily work with Council concerning the use of settlement dollars and unexpected revenues such as COVID-19 federal monies, as Mayor Hancock did this year. Any larger contract for the use of these monies must already receive Council approval under current law. This process is one of many reasons that Denver has AAA bond ratings from all three national accrediting agencies.

We understand that some Council members are intent on disruption and theatrics, rather than the hard work and dedication it takes to run this city. We hope that Denver Ballot Measures 2E and 2G are defeated and the Mayor and the Council can get back to working together on behalf of the people of this great city, especially as we work our way out of the setbacks of this pandemic.

Please vote NO on Denver Ballot Measures 2E and 2G to keep building the city we all love.

Thank you,
Former Mayor Wellington Webb and Hon. Wilma Webb


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