By: Diane Benjamin
Monday night the Council is holding a Work Session to hear the results of the Fee study. See the packet information here: Fee Study
Enterprise Funds were created to raise taxes. Solid waste pickup was included in the taxes you already paid just 10 short years ago. Monday night the Council will impose a fee for what you put on the curb, or what your neighbors put on your curb. Let the neighbor wars begin!
Straight from the Fee Study packet:
A fee is NOT a tax! Fees are a form of tax relief. You need to know how to answer,
“Why should I have to pay fees, since I’m a taxpayer?”
So, if garbage bucket charges are going to be a new fee – under the theory of it’s a fee of service – that should lower everybody’s taxes!
Also from the packet:
Match the cost of a service to those who benefit from it,
relieving taxpayers of the funding burden
When the garbage fee is raised, what taxes are they going to “relieve taxpayers of the burden?”
Silly question. None.
That pesky Enterprise Fund still has to balance. It’s not about charging for services, it’s about collecting more money so the City doesn’t need to divert money from the piggy bank for actual essential services.
Your wallet is immaterial.
The work session starts at 5:00 and is scheduled to last only a half an hour. It will be sickening to watch the paid consultant justify “fee” increases so the Council and Hales don’t have to. Tired of Mayor Renner yet?
Maybe I should start calling him Taxing Tari!
At 5:30 one of their Secret meetings is scheduled (Executive Session). Personnel is on that agenda. Since the Council only has one employee, David Hales, expect another raise. Being completely unable to make a decision without hiring a consultant is grounds for getting HUGE bucks. In the real world employees are compensated for contributing to the success of the business. Government jobs pay more for failure.
I wonder is anybody will ask David why he failed to supervise the Coliseum Management?