Albert DiMillo needs to understand that his lawsuit is the reason South Portland taxpayer money is being spent to settle the health insurance benefit issue. His lawsuit was totally unnecessary and challenged the City Council to take on the cost to defend itself. A little extra work on his part to collect the signatures needed for a referendum would have given the voters a chance to decide this issue.
And, while a referendum will never resolve the legal issue Mr. DiMillo is currently pursuing, it will allow the public to reaffirm or remove this long-standing benefit. Something a legal decision may not do.
While I personally believe councilors were authorized to receive the health insurance option by a vote of the council in the 1970s, I now feel that the city needs to resolve the questions and controversy that linger.
Mr. DiMillo, please do the right thing, end this costly process and with Mr.Crosby’s help collect the signatures you need.