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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 30, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta Navwntosr- TTTO TvETITBRTDGE DATLY HERALD WHY CITIZENS OF LETHBRIDGE SHOULD VOTE FOR DIRECT COMMISSION PLAN "Hie Direct Commission Plan will not change human nature, it will simply give human nature a chance assert tin true THIS DIAGRAM SHOWS THE ORGANIZATION OF OUR CITY GOVERNMENT UNDER THE EXISTING ALDERMANIC SYSTEM. IS THERE ANY WON- DER THAT UNDER IT THERE IS CONFUSION, LACK OF RESPON- SIBILITY, INEFFICIENCY TOO. i'-i.. The present Aldermanic System is complicated. Under the present system, responsibility, control and auth- ority are scattered and divided among different alder- men and officials. Under the present system the Council fttaiidft between the actual city administration and the rate- payers. Under the present' system what little control over their own affairs the ratepayers have, is intermittent. tinder the present system, when there are leakages, mis- takes and blunders, it is impossible, where so many are responsible, for .the ratepayers to aitauh blame to any, one person. Under the present system, if the ratepayer do make up their mind as to who is at fault they have no meant of dismissing the unfaithful employee from their The present system, in shorty makes far low efficiency. THIS DIAGRAM SHOWS THE ORGANIZATION OF OUR CITY GOVERNMENT AS IT WOULD BE UNDER A DIRECT COMMISSION PLAN. SIMPLI- CITY; DIRECT RESPONSIBILITY AND CONSEQUENT EFFICIENCY ITS OUTSTANDING FEATURES. tawf The proposed direct commission plan is simple. Under the direct commission plan, responsibility, control and authority are centralized. Under the commission plan the commissioners are responsible directly to the people whose servants they are Under the direct commission plan, the control which the ratepayers have over the men entrusted with the city's administration, is direct; it is also continuous. _ Under the direct commission plan, when certain depart- ments are conducted well, the ratepayers know to whom praise is due, and try to know whom to blame when things go wrong or are not as .they should he. Under the direct commission plan the recall gives to ratepayers the power to dismiss the commissioner at .fault from their service. _ _ The direct commission plan, in short, makes for high officienc3r. The direct commission plan is similar to the organization of a business concern; the present system like nothing else under the sun. .V7 NOTE-THE TWO DIAGRAMS SHOWN UPON THIS PAGE ARE REPRODUCED FROM THE HERALD OF NOVEMBER 7th, 1910, WHEN, TWO YEARS AGO THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE DIRECT COMMISSION PLAN WAS FOUGHT OUT AND WHEN THE RESULTING VOTE WAS 546 FOR THE COMMISSION PLAN AND 176 AGAINST. IN REGARD TO THE UPPER DIAGRAM, SHOWING THE ORGANIZATION OF LETHBRIDGE'S CITY GOVERNMENT UNDER THE EXISTING ALDER- MANIC SYSTEM, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CHANGES, SINCE IT WAS PREPARED, IN THE NAMES AND ARRANGEMENT OF THE CITY'S COMMITTEES AND ONE OR TWO ADDITIONAL OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED, BUT THE ORGANIZATION TODAY IS SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME AS IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO. IN REGARD TO THE LOWER DIAGRAM, SHOWING THE ORGANIZATION OF THE CITY AS IT WOULD BE UNDER THE COMMISSION PLAN, IT 18 NOT INTENDED THAT THE DIVISION OF DEPARTMENTS SHALL BE CARRIED OUT IDENTICALLY AS SHOWN, BUT THE DIAORAM GIVES AT A SLANCE A CLEAR IDEA OF THE ORGANZIATION UNDER THE PROPOSED COMMISSION HERALD. ;