I decided to respond to this topic primarily due to 2 of the blatant falsehoods or lies that were posted. The first being Stony's title for this discussion. He posted the erroneous title on purpose shortly after an Era article about the new budget not being based on a tax increase.
Well, since I was not specific as to when I thought our taxes would go up, you can't truthfully argue what I choose to title my post.
Our taxes WILL be going up, trust me.
Mr. Riel, with all due respect, you are the expert on raising taxes around here! What was the millage rate when you took office in 2008? 11.25 mills was it? And now under you, in 2012, it's 16.02? So didn't it go up nearly FIFTY PERCENT! From 2008 to 2012 a nearly fifty percent raise in what was ALREADY a high tax rate? How much higher is our millage rate than our neighboring communities?
IF our taxes don't immediately go up again this year, THAT is nothing to brag about. In my humble opinion, borrowing some $5,240,000.00 to "fill a hole in the budget" only "kicks the can down the road". It didn't fix a problem, it only served to postpone the problem. The problem being, a balanced budget for the city.
Care to tell the taxpayers how much money we will be paying back when all is said and done? When you add up every single penny that is spent on the interest on that loan over all those years?
And please don't twist this into a personal attack on your or your family (by the "crazy guy" on the internet) .... it is not. I'm just explaining my reasoning for the title of this very post.
YOU and city council have increased our taxes substantially since 2008 (nearly 50%!), thank you in advance for not raising them again this year! (If that turns out to be true)
BTW- borrowing money to fill a budget deficit is not a very Republican thing to do!