By: Diane Benjamin
A Ward 5 resident sent me Joni Painters campaign materials. I’m going to separate her talking points from reality.
Joni wants to “address our crumbling roads and deteriorating water and sewer systems”? Ask her why the only money budgeted for 2016 comes from the Motor Fuel Tax passed last year – by her. Isn’t infrastructure spending what citizens expect of government? Joni had to increase taxes to fund essential services?
“I believe in a balanced budget”. Last year she voted for all proposed tax increases to balance the budget. Is this a person working FOR the citizens or for the City? See proof here: https://blnnews.com/2014/07/28/dont-forget-who-raised-your-taxes/
Joni claims she is for transparency. I file Freedom of Information Act requests for information the City tries to hide. Joni Painter thinks I should be charged for demanding transparency: https://blnnews.com/2014/11/14/emails-tell-who-represents-you-especially-private-ones/
More from her campaign materials:
Just in the last few meetings Joni has voted to:
- Buy the Sugar Creek Packing property with no regard to the future costs of cleaning up the site and developing it
- Hire Bronner Group, LLC from Chicago as ANOTHER consultant
- Voted to allow City Manager David Hales to spend up to $50,000 without Council approval
Where is Joni moving the City forward to? Bankruptcy? More tax increases? Did the citizens demand the tax increases last year she voted for?
All voters need to know about Joni is:
Renner appointed her to the library board
Renner appointed her to the City Council
Joni works for Renner, not citizens
Ward 5 has a much better choice for their representative – Lupe Diaz. Vote for real fiscal responsibility and not just another potted plant rubber stamping the current tax and spend agenda.