By: Diane Benjamin
Public Comment was filled with the far left again wanting special treatment for illegals. Of course they hate Donna Boelen’s Welcoming America initiative because it doesn’t ban dealing with ICE. I wonder how Corey Cottrell’s family fells since he was killed by an illegal? https://blnnews.com/2019/07/12/corey-cottrell-memorial-ride/
The far left doesn’t care that Corey would still be alive if illegals were not allowed in the country. Their response would be: it could have been American who hit Corey. It wasn’t an American is immaterial to them.
Since regular citizens just want to live their lives without the government telling them how to do it, they don’t call in to protests the far left’s disregard for laws. That leaves public comment open for the far left trying to bully the Council into kneeling before them. If those regular citizens sit out another election the FAR left will council the City. Illegals will not only be welcomed, they will be allowed to vote.
BTW, Tari Renner banned Public Comment at his special Liquor Commission hearing last week. I’d love to hear how he thinks that was legal, but then it is Tari.
The longest presentation was on the Cloud Invoice and Payment system the City will be adding early next year. You can see the presentation starting at 47:00. It will not be mandatory for citizens but they hope a large number do sign up because it will save time and money.
The Finance Director announced the City received a CHECK for $3.2 million from the State under the Cures Act. Following that is his presentation on City Finances. Income tax receipts are above budget because the deadline to file was changed past the City’s year end of 4/30/2020. Use tax is also up because people are paying sales tax for on-line purchases. Home Rule Sales tax, Food and Beverage taxes, and Hotel/Motel Taxes are WAY below budget.
Keep shutting down restaurants Tari!
The re-zoning of properties around downtown was tabled until December. Carillo made the motion, the rest of the Council agreed.
If you want to hear the discussion of capital leases, see 40:00. It has more depth, but it is essentially what I stated yesterday. They wanted to stop doing them but COVID made that impossible.
The zoo applied for a grant for a South American exhibit. The bankrupt State is going to give them $750,000 of the $1 million project. (How long before the zoo is the only thing at Miller Park?) The balance of $250,000 has been pledged by the zoo foundation, so no tax dollars are being used – except the $750,000 which of course is tax dollars the State took from you.