By: Diane Benjamin
The Total Budget Tari inherited in 2013: $167 million
Tari’s first budget – 2014: $169.4 million
2015 Budget: $180.4 million
2016 Budget: $186.3 million
Proposed 2017 Budget: 206.9 million
(Evidently the stacked Council is going to pass it as is)
Spending increased $39.9 million in 4 years!
What did you get for $40 Million? A few roads fixed and better pension funding.
Begin the celebration now.
Where did the money come from?
Citizens never had an Amusement tax until Tari created one – 4%.
Your Utility Taxes were raised.
Your Gas Tax was increased.
Your garbage fees were raised.
Your Sales tax was raised.
Sewer and Storm water fees are next
Don’t forget that taxes have been abated all over town and new TIF districts are being added. That means everybody else has to pay more to make up the difference.
Local elections will no longer be non-partisan.
You need to know who robbed you: Democrats.
(Pretend Republicans have robbed you too. Get informed this time.)