By: Diane Benjamin
Your government runs over you when you don’t bother to stand up to them. 5 people did stand up last night, more need to join them.
The first guy owns Joe’s Pub and is concerned about raising video gaming fees. He asked when the tax increases are going to end and why the bar owners are frequently the target. He mentioned the City took in $750,000 last year from video gaming for doing next to nothing for it.
The second guy, Bob Werkman(sp), made a strong case for opposing the Welcoming Ordinance, Kathryn Steinle. He thanked the five currently blocking it.
Third was Donna Boelen. She talked about the regressive taxes being proposed that attack the poor.
Fourth was Angela Scott. She talked about Tari’s behavior at the last meeting. She called out Karen Schmidt for saying nothing when Renner attacked Judy Stearns and for formally supporting the Welcoming Ordinance and now blocking it. She also used Tari’s 2014 words against him.
Gary Lambert was last. He asked if there was any limit this Council is willing to gouge from the citizens. He mentioned the downtown hotel in Peoria declared bankruptcy putting the Peoria on the hook for $7 million.
5 speakers, 5 calling out the lunacy. All of them spoke well. Hit play to hear them yourself.