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Business leaders for open government speak to civic clubs

July 14, 2006

Albany - Former Assistant City Manager Kevin Hogencamp is searching for a new Albany Mayor.

"I'm already trying to talk some of our best who might consider running for Mayor to run for Mayor," said Hogencamp."

Hogencamp, now a consultant for the Concerned Taxpayers of Dougherty and Lee Counties, is urging voters to hold public officials accountable for bad decisions and illegal actions.

It's been four months since Kevin Hogencamp resigned as Assistant city Manager and sounded the horn that city leaders unfairly handed out raises to city employees. Since then, Hogencamp was hired by five Albany business leaders to help form the Concerned Taxpayers of Dougherty and Lee Counties.

First, the group fought a proposed tax raise for Albany.
Now, Hogencamp says the group is looking for a good candidates to replace bad politicians.
He says, personally, he wants to see Mayor Willie Adams gone.

He encouraged Exchange Club members to tell commissioners and community leaders they're opposed to Lee, Dougherty and Phoebe Putney holding illegal closed door meetings. He said voters must hold politicians accountable for bad decisions, such as knowingly buying contaminated property, cutting employee benefits and buying insurance when the city is self insured.

"The nuts and bolts of what we're about is to make sure that every one of your pennies is spent properly," said Hogencamp. "That can't happen if they're breaking open meetings and open records laws. Ultimately if government is open, we'll have a lower tax rate."

Hogencamp said the Concerned Taxpayers plans to become a lobbying group that will continue to tackle public leaders who illegally or unwisely spend taxpayers dollars. The group now has 50 members who had to pay at least $35 to join.



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