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Mayor Beussman following orders

November 30, 2013

To the editor: I see Mayor Beussman (“LGA increase easing burden on cities,” Nov....

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middleclassworker

Nov-30-13 10:00 AM

Sounds like Scott is following the orders of the Tea Party.

In order to shrink property taxes, you have to cut expenses. What expenses would you propose cutting? The city provides services like police and fire protection, roads, parks, etc. How about offering some solutions instead of babbling the tropical Tea Party garbage.

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middleclassworker

Nov-30-13 10:00 AM

*typical

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JReader

Nov-30-13 11:12 AM

Why can't cities learn to live within their means just like middle class households ? Why do they think getting bailed out from the state is the answer ?

This is nothing more than politics as usual. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. We have been down this road many times already with the tax and spend crowd. Everything is always fine as long as somebody else pays for things. The problem is we end up being the "somebody else" once the dust settles.

Maybe the city should scrap things like welcome signs and giving themselves raises. Not much I know but at least it would be a start.

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Onemoa

Nov-30-13 6:02 PM

Hendrycks and JReader are suggesting that we look at cutting spending and they are things that could be cut - we must live within our means... but middleclassworker in typical style posts the one word 'typical' then asks for where to cut... just wondering what middleclassworkers solution is - start a dialogue o spend into oblivion ?????

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svensota

Nov-30-13 8:32 PM

MCW: I kind of like "tropical Tea Party garbage". It make those noxious yahoos sound a little more exotic.

Like smelly dodo birds.

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middleclassworker

Dec-01-13 10:58 AM

Wow. You've managed to come up with three signs that will last for many decades and the city raises. What would you do with the extra $25 it would save you?

I expect bigger, more republican like ideas out of you, like holding off on street replacement and just filling the potholes. We could have a volunteer snowblower brigade and have them clean off the walkways in city parks and other city properties. Of course, I won't be able to help since I am pretty busy, but someone else will be willing to do it. The same model could be used for lawnmowing.

We could furlough the city counclemen and have a "councilman of the week" contest where a new volunteer is chosen out of a hat to represent their ward at the next council meeting.

Perhaps my friend Sven could share some of his ideas.

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JReader

Dec-02-13 11:27 AM

"Smelly dodo birds"

Sven, did you think that up yourself ?

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JReader

Dec-02-13 12:07 PM

MCW,

This might be hard for you to grasp. It's not the cost of the signs. It's that they spent our money for them at the same time they were whining about not having enough money. They also gave themselves the raises during the same time period. It's an issue of priorities and the city's apparent lack of them.

The biggest issue with a liberal and a bureaucrat is they think the money well never runs dry. They fail to realize we provide the money they like to spend.

MCW, how do like the fact that you now have to work well into April just the earn enough to pay your yearly tax bill ? This assumes that you work at all of course. I certainly could think of other things to spend over four months of wages on rather than simply handing over to our government.

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Integrity

Dec-02-13 6:19 PM

The biggest point that seems to be forgotten about all of this is the constant push for the budget that promised property tax relief in the form of LGA. This was constantly the argument for passing the budget. Now, the budget is passed, spending set, and where's the tax relief...only a 3% raise instead of 5%!! The point: wait, sit-down....an unfulfilled promise by a politician.

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Integrity

Dec-02-13 6:20 PM

Also, in regards to the city signs...1 sign had to be moved after complete, as well as new lighting installed after the 1st lighting option didn't work with the signs that were developed, installed. Great work, no waste there.

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middleclassworker

Dec-02-13 7:01 PM

I will agree with you on the lighting debacle. A good lighting designer could have specified a good light fixture the first time instead of leaving it up to the cheapest electrical contractor they could find.

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Schnauser

Dec-03-13 9:29 AM

JR, describe "live within their means" for me. You are such an expert on these matters of money, can you just be a little more specific besides some lighting on a sign. I suspect you want the services and don't want to pay for them (like most smelly dodo's) and expect people to live on 1973 wages to get them to you.

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JReader

Dec-03-13 9:55 AM

How many 4 wheel drive pickups does the city have in their fleet ? How often are they replaced ? At what cost ? Why do they all seem to need to be 4 wheel drive ?

Why did the city purchase their own wood chopper that cost in the 100's of thousands of dollars ? How much does it cost to maintain annually ? To man ? To insure ? Why wasn't contracting that out privately good enough for the city ?

New police cars ? How expensive ?

Pretty easy to spend other people's money. It's even easier when there is no accountability. Add to that an attitude that LGA is "free money" to the city and fiscal restraint goes right out the window.

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JReader

Dec-03-13 10:01 AM

Schnauser:

If I don't pay my bills I have my power cut off, lose my house, lose my car etc. That is a very good incentive for me not to live beyond my means.

The government on the other hand uses a different approach. They don't care what anything costs. All they need to do is raise taxes or in the case of LGA beg for the money from the state. Where is the incentive of the government to do what most households do and only spend the money they have ?

Your turn, you need to explain how the government does that for us taxpayers.

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