VOTE NO ON THE RUSD MONEY GRAB!

My view

The J-T Headline This AM

“Schools seek $8.5 million – Unified to ask voters for 15 years of additional revenue”

 

What???

 

How dare RUSD ask for 1 more $$ yet alone 8.5 Million in a time that MORE in Racine are Unemployed, The City of Racine it’s self is not filling openings on the Police Force to basically lay off 10 police officers  and the City of Racine facing a RICO lawsuit court fights over tax assessments, and not being able to keep what few events at the Civic Center coming back.

Economic turmoil going on as we speak with a long time Racine employer moving out of the city taking 300 jobs with it.

Yet RUSD is asking for more money to “run” the schools WTF!!!

Schools that cant get Minority kids to graduate, scores of the RUSD Schools should be getting “Leadership” at RUSD fired for such poor piss poor ability to teach kids have no shame in demanding more of YOUR money.

As I see it, RUSD as one of the commentators said today 8/14/14  should ask County Executive Jim Ladwig for some of the profits from Reefpoint Marina, perhaps from the restaurant that is paying NO RENT (must be nice) Maybe ask the DRC for a percentage of the millions spent on the booming downtown (Boy will they not be shocked with the higher property taxes coming via TIF 18 and Machinery Row)   I am sure the store owners will line up to chip in the stores on 6th St will insist on being first to do so!

And Porters being so so successful with Roll out the big bucks as will Delta Hawk for all the Jobs they have brought to Racine!

 

As I see it, the City of Racine is as I call this blog a City in Ruins run now by a Mayor that history will say was one of the most corrupt in the Midwest ever.

Yet RUSD wants more of your money, After all cost lots of money to pay Administration 100K+ to fail to teach kids so we have have a vast pool of unemployable workers to work at min wage jobs or become addicted to State benefits to keep the Democrats in power.

Could be worse our other elected officials could be just having one great party Oh…

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Van Wangard & Mayor Dickert

Clingman’s Clink!

 

Back long ago talking 1960’s my father owned a bar in Baraboo WI, called Clingman’s Clink, he owned it for a number  of years I  think 62-68 or so. I was very young so do not hold me to the dates.

The name came from the fact the bar was across the street from the police station/City Hall

The Bar was right downtown and open 7 days a week from early Morning to Bar close.

The big draw he has was….. Go Go Girls! Not topless but Dancers on the bar

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My Dad would tell us kids is that is how he made his money selling that Bar for it was not a game for a man with a wife and kids.

He did say time and again that if you were a young man with no wife that be the business to own if you did not become your own best customer, he go over the numbers sometimes to show me why he thought that.

This was all brought back to me during phone calls yesterday so lets to to the Twilight Zone

and do a game of let’s pretend that I own a bar in Downtown  Racine WI  or Clingman’s Clink revisited!

My bar will just sell booze light snacks with a Pool Table/Dart Bord and of course  just one Coin operated video poker, lets see how the money might be like.

Beer

I can sell by low end beer say brand x at a 100% mark up all day everyday.

I can even do better if I sell the tap version far more. If I pay $100 a keg and get only 160 12 Oz Glasses  out of  one sell a  glass for   $1.50  not too bad I do better because if your buying tap beer  your more then likely staying to play Pool-Darts or God Bless you my Video Poker Machine. !!!

Mixed Drinks is mega bank!

A bottle of cheep Rail Rum is say  $20 and I get say 15 shots out of this and sell Shots for $3.00 I am making $25 per bottle

If I am selling a name brand booze yes I am paying a bit more but now selling the name brand for more too  say $4.00 a shot I am more then making up the added cost.

If I am do mixed drinks (mostly women drink the mixed drinks I have found) I going to sell them for about $5 I may not not do so well but: 1) I am using Rail Booze and 2) If I have women coming to drink I have men stopping in. This is a good thing.

The snacks we sell at say 25% over cost we have a popcorn machine for free salty Popcorn are you thirsty? Have another drink

Soda: Good question, talking to folks in the business tell me that the cost to fill a 20 Oz glass with Ice and say Coke is about .10   sell a glass for a $1. 00 and give it away to the self Id sober drivers, not going to lose a lot and hey someone might now make it home alive

 

The games   are my bread and butter!

All cash no accounting for the cash 100% pure cash

The Pool Table Dart Board charge the price needed to pay for them and a bit more to sponsor a team a Women’s team have them come to the bar after see the men follow poor the drinks

 

The Poker Machine is pure $$$

Its going to be used as many are in this city from open to close. the users will buy drinks lots of drinks when one is done someone else will sit down.

How many times will the play key get hit? 1,000 2000, maybe 3000? Even if your returning 80% that’s 200 a day all cash your making cash.

Even at a 80% pay off that’s what $200 a day per machine  So what how much can this my my mythical bar make thinking $300-400 a day, and a good amount tax free.

Mindy you I underestimated the amount one could get from a Keg of Beer or a bottle of Booze

nor did I work out the Food income but you get the point I hope there is good money in bars

Damn good money Maybe I revisit this post and talk about how more interesting ideas can be used to make a bit more $$

And why Downtown Racine is filled with bars

 

 

The County Roads or Rich White Boaters?

So today my wife and I drove to Janesville, we took mostly County roads to Hwy 43.

I must say that some of the roads were almost unable to be driven on the roads near Raynomd  very very bad. We know this is due to the long hard winter, that is no ones fault now nearing Spring we can all see how much damage they have suffered, again no ones fault that the roads are bad.

However with the coming warm weather will the County fix the roads or will money be pissed away on the Marina?

Will Jim Ladwig take care of the roads in Racine County or will the Mythical Boats who are thought to be the saving grace of Downtown Racine see the money?

I would hope that the piss poor roads would get priority over spending for the Rich white boaters (who many think are not coming) after all we the voters have to drive on the roads to work, to school, to wherever do we not?

Should not we who live here have farms here who have no other choice then to use the roads come first?

How in the name of God can Jim Ladwig do anything else then do the basic job of Goverment and fix the roads?  What excuse could he have not to?

Yes it might upset the Downtown Racine folks if the County put more $$ into the roads and that took $$ from the Harbor. Too bad so sad.

Perhaps I should take some photos so you can see how bad they are.

Your Being Fucked Editoral NSFW

Hope you enjoy sex and a lot of it, for your sure are being fucked and its not ending soon

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Not really willing to give it up for the Downtown or the mythical Boaters who are not  coming to Racine now and not going to be coming back well

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Sorry you do not have much of a say in this do you?

See the City and County of Racine have real issues mostly because the city of Racine has no money the City of Racine is over 200 Million in Debit that’s right over 200 Million the City of Racine is time and again #! in Unemployment and from reading Racine Exposed  we know that property values are dropping to the point that some buildings once worth over 500K that last year sold for less then 10% of that.   With that add the idea that the county has made little or no effort to seize for back taxes not homes but buildings in the downtown some owing over 5 years of taxes, this tells myself and others that property in Downtown Racine has little or no value.

So with all this going on what are we seeing our local leaders doing?  Cutting Costs  ? Selling unnecessary   Real Estate?

No

See  the City and County have a plan, the plan as I see it is invest $$ in the Marina  and we will pretend its working!

See right now our great County Executive spend good tax money to buy Reefpoint Marina. 6.2 Million  ( http://journaltimes.com/news/local/county-moves-closer-to-reefpoint-purchase/article_d4582b34-40aa-11e1-98b0-001871e3ce6c.html)   and the $$ quote ““Certainly, the economy’s not getting any better at the moment,” Pretasky said. “It was kind of a neutral investment; it hasn’t really done anything.””

Yes done anything well it has a restaurant that must be a huge generator of Rant right?

Sorry no see the county Budget tells us it pays no rent

2014 County Budget Revenues

Yes NO RENT must be nice no rent. I am sure Union Grove thinks this rocks.

Now in Union Grove there was a Feed Store selling to Farmers and others in Union Grove the place closed last year. Sad truly Sad a store serving Farmers closed. Might it been nice if THEY GOT FREE RENT?  Or can only places catering to “The Boaters” in the Downtown, the same downtown that many building owners  are behind on taxes get free rent well not free, see the tax payers are paying for that are we not?

But that’s not all!

Belle City Harbor yes the County want to get someone to develop this http://www.goracine.org/crepository/purchasing/Attachments%5C13-pw-012%5Cspecs.pdf

This great place where the Water is to low for most boating uses so the river would have to be dredged an older area so who knows how much Mr. X would have to come up with or maybe the County come up or the City/County with the money after all you exist to pay your taxes right!

See and that’s the end game.

What will the Local Governments  do well that’s easy.

Working together a plan will be thought of consultants will be hired bids will come in and $$ will be spend

The cynic in me thinks   that the plan will say great things and the powers that be will get on Dickert’s Network and lie and lie.

Money will be given to Good Old Boys who own companies so a few Union guys get $$ to spend change orders be given  to make sure the max Rape of the Tax payer will be done but at the end of the day all that happens is that you get fucked for a few Good Old Boys get $$ hey lets play a game:

Any bets that if the project is from the county the GOP folks from the county get the $$ and the City it be Mayor John Dickert pals?

Does your Ass hurt yet?

 

An Unpleasant question

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How much did Racine County lose on Reefpoint this year?   How much does the county plan to spent in reinvesting in this?

Has anyone said how long before “we” see a return on all the Goverment spending on this? Or is this nothing but a game to funnel money to the pockets “The right people” on the County Board?

Is this somehow going to be used as a segue to see more spending for the rich white of Downtown Racine?

How do you think the voters west of the I will feel?

To be clear

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To be clear I think given the facts The County had to buy the Marina and IMHO due to poor maintenance by others must spent funds in upgrading/ repairs.

In a few years (say 5) we should be able to recover the investment from fees charged to those using the Marina. Then be able to sell this.

I myself have spent $$ and time promoting this via Root River Pirates

Via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Root-River-Pirates/557089467646910

Twiter https://twitter.com/rootriverpirate

and Blog http://rootriverpirates2.wordpress.com/  (must restart this I know) and go large or go to Port

Fact is for some of this, I waited for permission and in that I messed up. I do not need any.  No one else is doing anything at the grass roots to promote this.

IMHO The “Powers that be” want be not to be part of this for as I see it I am not Rich, White, or a Ship owner well let me say FUCK THAT BABY!   I will be doing this you had a chance to have some control of how I did this but not now. Its all me, and my ideas.

Only fault was mine the blame is on me.  I simply should have acted Thank God Pirates are resultant. If not fun.

The Better the Marnia does the better the County does, also many in the County use the Lake and ever Fishing Folks outside the State the more that do the better off we are.

This Lake and Marina is for all. not for Mayor Dickert’s pals to use as a way to fleece Ship owners, Not a group of folks who think the Ship  owners owe spending their $$  in an area that as I have been told treats ship owners poorly.  God Help Nonwhite Ship Owners. (Now that be interesting)

On the other hand, if we are to host Ship Owners fees MUST be based on a break even and not hand outs idea.

As well, Ship Owners and others using the Harbor must go above and beyond to keep the Harbor,Lake, and River clean

The Laws about pollution must be enforced.  Perhaps A Racine County Deputy  could be at the Marina to insure this and the costs paid for by the fines charged. Maybe some costs shared with the DRC?

We can not afford to use Bonds on ANY part of the Marina at all UNLESS a Documented transparent need is discovered and the public brought in to the resolution, no way a Racine City Hall Bathroom scan can be allowed to occur.

Rum for all! Redheads to my cabin!

I was wrong!

Yes I was wrong and I admit it. Unlike say Mayor John Dickert I know I can be wrong and know  when I am I can say so and move on

What I was wrong on was the Reef point Marina and like I said on my Podcast today and an earlier post that I made a mistake I like to thank UP for his taking the time and explaining things to me that I did not understand, allowing me to follow up on info he gave me to learn more.

IMHO Jim Ladwig did the right thing to get Reefpoint and doing the right thing by investing it this and the upgrades planed so far.

Numbers do not lie.

Reef Point holds about 950 Slips rents run from about 1800 to about 2300. a year to rent, A good marketing effort should see about 50% rented this year or   say 600K brought in next year on I see 75% rented or about 700 rented at the same cost (Low balling rents based on size ect) for about 1 million brought in.

The profit will be reinvested in the Marina NOT shared with the City of Racine. so I see the county doing well on this investment.

I fully understand that a effort will be made to not only to bring in large craft but more local,area, State and outside Wisconsin Fishermen/Small pleasure craft to Racine launch fatalities. This money I understand goes to the City, there might be efforts to force the City to share or at least show where the money went.

Preventing   what IMHO I will call Mayor John Dickert lining his pals pockets and not benefiting the City of Racine as a whole.

Will spin off occur to help the Downtown? I do not know. I have been told that R.P. is doing more to work with the DNC. ( I hope that’s a two way street) so I guess some benefit will happen  how much I do not know.

I can also see opportunities for new businesses  around the Marina from repair to delivery.

Will this go smothly no  issues will happen, I however trust Mr. Ladwig more then Mayor John Dickert to fix them WITHOUT giving $$ to pals. I can also see Racine County seeing the other oppertunies that the City refuses to act on.

I did talk to the County Executive today about my fears and he was able to reasure me about them, as did the Marina Manager.

I will be removing my old postings to reflect my new thoughts on this issue.

Oh I am so get ripped because of this

 

Note Root River Pirates is in effect!