The Mayor of Racine is Fucked and BTW You are too.

 

Wake up story in the J-T  9/23/14

Union: “Punitive” deductibles

 

http://journaltimes.com/news/local/union-punitive-deductibles/article_3d05a1fd-26a1-5945-995e-6299ad34fb7c.html

 

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

 

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Van Wangard & Mayor Dickert

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?

 

Wheel Tax

From the Racine  Journal Times 8/14/14 http://journaltimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/journal-times-editorial-it-s-worth-kicking-the-tires-on/article_8d4974c5-8257-52b7-90f2-8b2209fe4ed6.html

 

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When it comes to funding government projects, taxes are as unpopular as they are necessary. No one’s enthusiastic about their taxes going up, but eventually it’s recognized that taxation is the way the project is funded.

One method that some Wisconsin communities are turning to as a means of funding road projects is an additional vehicle registration fee, what’s known as a wheel tax.

The wheel tax is one of the few options local governments have to raise money exclusively for transportation-related purposes.

Four Wisconsin jurisdictions have a wheel tax in place: Milwaukee, Janesville, Beloit and St. Croix County, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported Sunday. Besides Milwaukee — which has a $20 per vehicle fee — the fee costs motorists an additional $10 annually per vehicle. There is no limit on how high the fee can be, although historically no government body has exceeded a $20 annual fee.

Wisconsin law allows any town, village, city or county to collect an annual wheel tax in addition to the regular fee paid for a vehicle, according to the state Department of Transportation’s website. The DOT collects wheel taxes for a municipality or county, keeps an administrative fee of 10 cents per vehicle and sends the rest to the municipality or county.

However, the tax is so unpopular that since it became an option to cities in 1967 and counties in 1979, only nine governments have imposed it. Chippewa County could become the tenth on Sept. 12, when the County Board votes on imposing the additional tax. The board initially discussed the topic at its Aug. 12 meeting, the Leader-Telegram reported.

“Dependable road transportation costs money,” said Chippewa County Administrator Frank Pascarella, who proposed the tax.

Well of course this City (Racine) having no money as our Mayor has said time and again. needs to find more cash Madison will not be send more $$ to help our Mayor, who instead reducing spending say on Rootworks  or taking trips out of town,  will have to look around for more money so guess we will see A wheel tax tried in this fair City.

As I see it, two maybe three alderman might vote no, the others will I am thinking will pass a  Wheel tax

How much one bring in? In a City the Size of Racine? maybe a million maybe a bit more perhaps a bit less.

Will this new money help in any real way? Of course it will the Pig called Goverment must eat!

Just think what good this money will do for Downtown Racine!

After all that is all that matters not a Bus that runs, not a fully staffed Police department, but the illusion that the City of Racine has something going on

Oh who gets hurt by a Wheel Tax the working poor, who will be hard pressed to come up with yet more money for another tax, needs a car to go to work.

Racine under John Dickert a great place to be if your poor

 

 

 

Souls for Sale Racine Aldermen sell them cheep

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“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26 

Read the Paper yet? If not have a drink first perhaps a Bottle

From The Racine Journal Times 9/4/14

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“On Wednesday, the Committee of the Whole voted 6-4 to receive and file Alderman Eddie Diehl’s proposal to create a policy that would require anyone taking a trip on the city’s dime to submit a written summary about why the trip is necessary.

Diehl as well as aldermen Krystyna Sarrazin, Mike Shields and Henry Perez voted against receiving and filing the proposal. Diehl announced officially last week he is running for mayor.” … (why is the last part even in the story Oh I know Diehl must be discredited, I get it)

So a short report is too much to ask before the City starts spending money but lets keep reading,

…The one-page summary would have had to spell out the purpose of the trip, including an explanation of why travel is necessary or why the aim could not be achieved through a conference call or web meeting, as well as the goals of the trip.

An additional one-page summary of the accomplishments of the trip and the next steps would be required upon the employee’s return.

“I want the council to be able see what other people are doing and how money is being spent. It’s another way for the council to be the eyes and ears for the taxpayer,” Diehl said of the proposal last month…. looks O.K. to me

But not to Mayor John Dickert’s good pal keep reading

– they trusted department officials to make the right decisions regarding employee travel.

Others disagreed more sharply.

“The best way I can describe this (proposal) is micromanagement,” Alderman Q.A. Shakoor II said.

Wait a simple one page form is too much to ask? to try and save money in a city that has none, and effectivey laid off  Policemen, turned off street lights to save money and in the past our Mayor has begged Nonprofits for money? BTW we just lost another Tax Assessment case must pay a sum of money back, and there are at least two more Tax cases in the Court, but trying to save a few $$ is as Q.A. said Micromanaging?

Wild, fucking wild, of course Q.A. did little if anything to slow down Team Porters or Delta Hawk spending that cost the City how much?

Now the City is looking at Machinery Row and how much will that cost the City well I should say cost us we be the suckers paying for it.

After all Q.A. thinks we simply should trust our City Leadership after all they done a good job keeping us at number one, in unemployment!   Keeping the City out of court like the Unions suing the Rico Case all the Tax cases in court. How dare anyone not trust our Mayor who is after all Mayor 274/7 when he is not working for a Lobbying firm or making sure women in Racine have a good time

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Unionized Labor is dead in Racine Mayor Dickert killed it

 

 

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Back not so long ago we had each year a labor event on the Lake Front, the local Union folks show up do the song and dance shake hands talk about how great union are eat eat some more drink a bit then go on their way.

Today 9/1/14 we will not have an event in the City of Racine under the friend of Union Labor Mayor John Dickert, you know the man who had his sheep in the Racine City Council voted to end the SIGNED CONTACTS with the City Unions, and of course the City Unions did not strike (they did sue and win) why?  Well the”leadership” have no balls and the leadership got theirs I am sure.

Strikes are so hard to manage and do we the folks living in Racine even care? I think not.

Of course during Act 10 some made noise but that is about it.Unions have no power in Racine and the Union Leadership knows this.

So why not Laborfest at the Lake Front or perhaps our Labor Center?

Might our Great Festhall be too expensive for the Unions to use? ( Yet the Union Members are paying high property taxes to keep the site open) Maybe in Franksville so the low turn out of what little union members are  here can be covered up!

Now on this happy day how many union members will get jobs from Machinery Row? In fact will Union Shops even be able to bid on that project?

Or will this man be in charge of  who gets the jobs in Machinery Row?

 

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Have You Read the New RICO Filing? You should.

 

 

 

 

Diehl Vs Dickert My view

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As you may know Ed Diehl Alderman of the 15 is running for Mayor of the City of Racine this would be of course Mayor John Dickert.

I was there the night he spoke to say he was going to run, I myself had just a few hours notice as others did so Diehl’s speech was given to a small number of folks was interesting to see who did manage to make to the event.

Afterword I have spoke to many and agree that this race will not be an easy one to win in Dickert’s favor we have:

An Incumbent

More money in the Bank

Easy to raise more

The cost of this race could top 75,0000 easy

The Dickert Machine being the Journal Times, The Radio of Zombies WRJN none that will print/report anything other then what the Mayor wants them to.

The 1St Dem C.D. to include the Knock and drag team + Dirty Tricks Boys

The Downtown Crowd to include folks who will vote for anyone as long as the City keeps dumping $$$$ into Downtown

Members of the GOP who I thought would be leading the charge to get rid of our Mayor but more interested in the gravy train called Reef point Marina

Under Mayor Dickert:

We have dropped in Bond Rating

Loss Court Cases from City Unions, Tax Payers seeking and winning money to be returned and resentment  costing at least 400K with perhaps more to come

#1 or #2 in Unemployment in the State

Team Porters a Big Fail

DeltaHawk employing how many?

The Ending of CAR 25 with yet more money being spent then was costing the city to do so in house

A great record to run on

 

Ed Diehl has on his side that he is smart and an honest man. one might say you cant win on that.

I think that is far more powerful then it looks at first glance.

Ed Diehl has not sued his own City

Ed Diehl is not being sued under RICO

Ed Diehl is respected by 90% of them who have met him

Ed Diehl fears no man alive

Ed Diehl:

understands Social Media and what it can and can’t do

will run a clean race

Now unlike Mayor Dickert Mr. Diehl will have others like it or not come to his aid, my guess is City Union Members will help in some way, information Dickert like kept on the Q.T. will given to others best able to use it.

The Big thing is: THE RICO CASE

 

By Winter should be in Discovery who knows what information comes out or maybe just maybe what happens if Mayor Dickert is charged in a Federal Court under RICO?

I must say this it will be a very very nasty race unlike any we have seen before.

 

Odds as of Today 8/29/14 Dickert 3:1

 

 

Has Racine lost another Tax Case? How much will this cost?

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Monday night Finance meeting will be very very interesting.

A source at City Hall tells this Reporter that the  City will settle with

Closed Session
It is intended that the Finance & Personnel Committee convene in closed session pursuant to
Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(g), to confer with legal counsel concerning strategy with respect to
litigation in which the City of Racine is or is likely to become involved, and pursuant to sec. 19.85(1)(e)
Wisconsin Statutes to consider a matter, which for competitive and bargaining reasons requires a
closed session.
4.
14-10500
Subject:
(Direct Referral) Communication from the City Attorney wishing
to convene in closed session to discuss, with the Finance and Personnel
Committee, strategy with respect to litigation in which the City of Racine
is or is likely to become involved, specifically potential settlement of
Sears Holdings Corporation v. City of Racine, Racine County Case No.
13 CV 1451
WAIT…………
Sears will do a  settlement vs the City wining?  See if the City was going to win the City would not settle right but if Racine was going to LOSE this and pay God knows how much we would come to an agreement right?
So for how much? 100K 200K  More?
Question then is how do we pay this? More Police Lay Offs? More turned off Street Lights?
Will this force the Mayor to quit looting the City? Quit giggling of course helping his pals such as talked about in the RICO refiling is my by reading of the filing his only job., right?
Of course as the Mayor has told us we have no money not a Penney so how do we pay for this and the other cases in the courts?  Have a Garage Sale?  What fee will go up what new fees be invented?
How many more will walk away from homes they can not longer afford?

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