September 23, 2014 1 Comment
Wake up story in the J-T 9/23/14
Union: “Punitive” deductibles
Read the story its about The Police and Fire Unions having to pay more for heath insurance
The major take away is this …” Looking to address a projected budget deficit of between $4 million and $6 million,”…
Wow that is a lot of money Thinking that does not include any funds needed to repay one of the many property tax cases in the courts now, nor any court cases filled with the city on many issues in the public eye to include old CAR 25 staff that may file over what happened with them or even a civil rights suit or two
So many balls in the air, balls that could cost the City even more cash that we do not have for as our Mayor loves to say we have no money
Mayor John Dickert with His Pal Van.
Sadly we are deep in debit very much so a debit even with out new increases in Water Rates (For Bonds issued for RootWorks?) an upcoming Wheel tax perhaps increases in Recycling fees perhaps more street lights coming down, this will not even come close to paying for the short fall in the budget this year or in years to come.
As well can our Mayor not continue to find ways to fund his pals in Downtown Racine? You know the ones who gleefully talk about city workers having to pay ” $6,450 for a single plan and $12,900 for a family plan.” yet can not pay taxes they owe sad I say very sad.
Yet I am guessing that this will continue after all Downtown Racine is just so alive just filled during the day with folks shopping right?
I will say if you like to drink there are a few bars just jumping
Now be interesting to see if our City credit rating will go down making the cost to sell bonds higher, costs BTW we pay for.
Yet the City can find $$ for TIF 18, Rootworks, nice Bathrooms in City Hall, programs that allow the RPD to spy on our Facebook/Twitter Mayor Dickert’s trips and the like
The Short Fall must be paid for and how?
Will we see Mass Police/Fire lay off? Civic Center closed? Community Centers closed? More Street Lights come down?
and as more leave the city this will only get worse, wait Rootworks and the Uptown Plan will save us! Right do you not believe our Mayor that folks are demanding Condo’s on the Root River? Or Companies call him everyday looking to move to Racine?
Very very sad is the wake up call coming to anyone who thinks that simply coming to City hall and bitching will make the City do what you want, sorry better bring checks with you.
Of course we will here of many wanting to run for office and I say go for it we need good folks in office from City up please run we need more to do so.
Know that it can and will be a fight may not be one to have if you have a think skin or no money to run an election fight.
Oh what will happen to Racine in the years to come? Who will be left to pay for the Rich and white to play in Racine?