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Letter: Gentleman's agreement' is price collusion

In the Jan. 30 article "Money matters dominate regional cooperation discussion," I found a few of Prescott City Manager Steve Norwood's comments enlightening.

The article discussed the financially difficult positions of many of our local cities and county government because of the general downturn in the economy, i.e., less sales tax and other revenues for the government.

Mr. Norwood discussed "hiring and keeping police officers." As a solution to this dilemma, he suggested a "gentlemen's agreement" wherein "area governments would not increase salaries for police officers without letting the other entities know about it first." He then went on to say, "Maybe we could have an agreement where we would feel compelled to keep it pretty flat" in reference to salaries.

In the private industry, this kind of conversation among companies, I believe, would be "price collusion."

Also, I believe this is the same city manager that supported the idea of the City of Prescott giving

Lowe's $5 million for "infrastructure" and another $5 million to a developer for the upcoming hotel/convention center.

Hmmm... $10 million given away within the past few years, but not enough money to give our police officers a cost-of-living increase.

Finally, isn't this the same city manager that within the past few months accepted an $8,000-plus bonus from the City of Prescott?

Lorne Harmon


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