It is a transcript of Lenny Curry and Jason Gabriel’s conversation about the tax referendum.
Gabriel- What’s the matter boss you look down?
Curry- Just trying to figure out how to stop the school board from placing a half cent sales tax on the ballot this November to help with their schools.
Gabriel- Don’t they have some of the oldest schools in the state?
Gabriel- And don’t they have hundreds of millions in maintenance needs?
Curry- Indeed they do.
Gabriel- Then won’t a lot of money go to parts of the city that have been historically neglected?
Curry- Again yes but you aren’t seeing the big picture.
Gabriel- What is that boss?
Curry- Big Daddy’s donors have to get paid.
Curry- It’s like this, you know how you are beholden to me for your job, and how I could cut you loose at any time for any reason.
Gabriel- gulp, yes.
Curry- well its like that with me and my donors. If I don’t make sure they get paid, this may be it for me. Why would Kahn let me on the Jags plane if this is it for me. Unless I can give him hundreds of millions for lot J, anyhoo I digress.
Gabriel, wow boss, you are in a bind, if wish there was something I could do to help but the statutes are pretty clear, the city council “shall” put the referendum on the ballot.
Curry- Maybe you can just say, shall doesn’t mean shall.
Gabriel- um what would it mean then?
Curry, how about, maybe, if you want, could? You are the lawyer legalese it up.
Gabriel- Boss there is no amount of legalese I could use to do that.
Curry- you sure about that?
Gabriel- pretty sure?
Curry- do you like your job and its salary?
Gabriel- yes, gulp
Curry- then how sure are you?
Gabriel- not very now that I think about it.
Curry- then you shall do it!
Gabriel- I shall.