February 24, 2013 2 Comments
So why are we doing so much to keep Downtown Racine a float? What’s in it for say West Racine? or the Southside?
Many Properties are behind on taxes. If things are booming why? If renters are doing well Rents should be getting paid, so what’s the Story? What is the total amount owed in Property taxes in The Tifs in the Downtown area?
My guess this is the highest concentration of Bars are in this area of Racine. How much Police resources are spent here? Are folks on The North side in jeopardy because they are not the officers free that are needed elsewhere?
I expect that Case will be reducing the number of employees soon in downtown Racine. Case is also NOT looking for more City Spending and are up to date on Taxes. They are not begging for money to prop them up from the City of Racine. They owe a duty to the shareholders NOT Downtown Racine. Case I expect will act that way.
J Wax too is up to date on Taxes and I believe if the economy goes south will seek to combine operations to save $$. Will that mean moving employees elsewhere? I so can see The Mayor of Racine begging J-Wax not to do so for if say 150 workers moved to The County we see bushiness fail. The City has a lot riding on the image of a booming downtown. If as I am told that some in the Downtown are on the edge of failing. How do they make it? Is the City’s job to keep them afloat?
Kinda of hard to maintain this image with empty store fronts.
Should your taxes go up to save the Downtown? Should your street light get turned off for the Downtown?
The raising unemployment rate will make any new store hard to say open. How many Bars can the Downtown support?
How does the Downtown draw more to shop when so many Property owners are behind on Property taxes? How will the public react should the County start going after properties for being behind on taxes?
IMHO not one more $ gets spent until something is done about this issue on the Downtown.
I find it interesting that Fair and Cole won the primary. That those found to run by the Mayor for the seat was unable to win. This is very bad news for the Business owners in the Downtown that where counting perhaps on more City Spending.