Why is Balla running?
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
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