Residency

@chippy49 (171)
United States
February 22, 2007 2:57pm CST
Here is something to get an opinion on. Do you believe in having a residency. The city that I live in developed a residency rule back in 1976 to have the city employees live in the city, if they do not or are caught not living in the city they will be fired. Do you believe that they have the right to tell us where we should live? Hopefully by the end of this month we will find out if the judge will deemed that it is unconstitutional to tell us where to live, like the Supreem court did. I understand like a radius of ajoining counties, but in the city there is no room for growth and the taxes here are so high. Some residents have stated that they feel safer knowing that there is a police or firefighter living next door to them. Well let me tell you something, I have cops that live on both sides of me and my house got broken into, so I really do not think that it matters. What is your opinion, should the residency be lifted or should the city tell us how and where to live our lives?
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@cafay1 (257)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I don't agree with that rulling and it should be overturned. The place that the city employees live is not going to have any bearing on what kind of job they do or if they are going to be good at their job so other than that they have no business to say. Just my opinion.
@chippy49 (171)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Just a little update...The city judge ruled in favor of the employees and the state supreem court. The city is now appealing the ruling and it will take possibly up to 2 years for that to be resolved. But we think that they cannot win. So lets hope that we will win. I think no one should have the right to tell you where to live. My husband is not gonna perform his job based on where he lives and he is not on call. I think he will provided it better knowing that we live in a house and neighborhood that we want. ...thanks for the comments.
@jbrooks0127 (2327)
• United States
22 Feb 07
My guess is that this requirement came from the old days when living in the city you work for made sense. But with he cost of living now in many citys it is no longer a viable plan. The original idea was to try to insure that the people working for that city government have a stake in that city by living there. It also insured that you had no reason to miss work because you live elsewhere. But the cost of living now has priced many people out of living in some cities. However there must and should be some provision that you are not too far away. Living 50 -75 miles from that city in another town brings up the problem of commuting in bad weather that you may not have in that city. And you of course are paying taxes to a city you are not working in. Benefit to you but not your employer. I do hope it works out for you. No one wants to be forced to live where they do not want to.