By: Diane Benjamin
Tim Gleason said something humorous last night. He stated to $500 license fee for every video gaming terminal will go into the General Fund and help fund capital projects for police and fire.
Tim, capital projects don’t come out of the General Fund. The GF is where all taxes go to be absorbed into payrolls, benefits, pension spiking, and mundane items like the phone and electricity bills. Can you explain how you got to capital projects? Or, was the comment an attempt to disprove what we already know – the City hates businesses that make money? See his comment at 1:02:40.
On to the gas tax:
I don’t know when the City started using Enterprise Funds, but they got this brilliant idea to make them pay for themselves. The Water Fund has to pay for itself, if it doesn’t your rates get raised. Ditto for garbage, sewer, and storm water. Somehow the Coliseum doesn’t have to break even, the losses aren’t even reported correctly. There is another one for golf and the Abraham Lincoln parking garage.
Although roads aren’t officially in an Enterprise Fund, the City has determined that a revenue stream is needed to make sure money is available every year. Hence two Motor Fuel Tax increases and a Sales Tax increase.
Here’s where taxpayers got scammed. All the taxes already paid used to fund roads and pay for garbage. By segregating both and only funding them with user fees or taxes – every citizen is paying more. The General Fund gets to keep all those other taxes you still pay making more money available for whatever the city deems worthy.
Your taxes should have gone down by the same amount garbage and road taxes were increased, of course they didn’t. The FIVE who voted YES enabled the City to keep the General Fund money and force you to pay more. They are no different from people who enable alcoholics in the belief things will get better.
The Aldermen who voted no were David Sage, Mboka Mwilambwe, Karen Schmidt, and Scott Black. Of course the City knew this before the vote.
I’m only listing the times the YES votes spoke so you can hear in their own words why they voted YES.
1:16:03 – Diane Hauman tried to do a one year sunset. Her motion failed to get a second
1:26:30 – Kimberly Bray actually called citizens a collective!
1:29:00 – Jamie Mathy thinks his vote will guarantee future money for roads – until another Council needs it for stamped concrete downtown sidewalks. He does know the budget process is a joke and pension funding will destroy future budgets.
Joni Painter and Amelia Buragus didn’t say a word before voting YES.
Public comment was mostly entertaining and covered a lot of topics, skip the lady who thinks government solves problems. Just hit play: