TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Why is Balla running?

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By The Tribune-Review

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

I usually get a sense of why an individual runs for public office — sometimes it's community pride, sometimes it's the money. New Kensington Council members get $500 a month — not a lot of money.

So why is Ron C. Balla running for our council on May 21?

I'm concerned because I don't believe Balla would give up his $50,000-plus-a-year job with the New Ken Water Authority for a part-time position paying $6,000. City Solicitor Anthony Vigilante has told Balla that Pennsylvania's third-class city code prohibits a city authority employee from being on council. So if Balla wins, he will have to quit his job prior to being sworn in as a council member.

What is so special about the council position that a person would give up a good job with great benefits — four to five weeks of paid vacation, free health insurance, lots of paid sick days and holidays — for one with very little pay and no benefits?

What am I missing?

The Rev. Cecil Smith

New Kensington

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Letters

  1. Money for litter pickup?
  2. Fayette County business as usual?
  3. Economics dissent
  4. She’ll be missed
  5. Sprinklers needed
  6. Administrators’ role
  7. Cemetery thefts
  8. Drug trafficking in West Tarentum
  9. Good ol’ days
  10. Selling tax claims a bad idea
  11. Resurrection? Yes, really
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.