• "the combined taxes imposed by the city, school and all the others is getting harder for even you to pull. "

    The "Enterprise Fund" too is a tax. The fee , like property taxes, are passed to every member of the community. Every member includes those of us who own property/businesses, those who rent, and those who are passing through. Regardless of how we say it, a tax is a tax. When you add federal income, federal fuel tax, state business tax, personal property tax, water/sewer rate, etc, they all add up. As conservatives (you and I) we can not allow ourselves to say every tax is too high, except for ___. Every nickle sent to government is one less nickle available for the private sector and our families.

    If you raise a fee or tax, especially on the poor or retired, those folks are being "punished" with less money.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:05 p.m.
  • Hi Dale,
    I do not believe I am punishing the city residents, I am sorry you feel that way. I am listening to all the facts and trying to get the most economical solution in place. The Water department has its own enterprise fund. The fund is used to support every aspect of the department, including all aspects of construction of the proposed plant. Attempting to get one department to pay part of the expenses of another makes no sense to me, It’s not sound financial planning or reporting.

    My loyalty is not to the municipality, my loyalty is to the citizens I serve. As a business owner I can tell you with upmost certainty my federal tax obligation is astronomical compared to the city taxes I pay, perhaps you have those two confused.

    Paul Polasek

    June 20, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.
  • Paul, I do not think David is trying to punish anyone. He is trying to get your side to discontinue punishing the city residents and those of us who are pulling the cart. Honestly, even in your personal'business life, the combined taxes imposed by the city, school and all the others is getting harder for even you to pull.

    Finally, I understand Paul's loyalty to the municipality he governs. That municipal's fiscal needs are his primary concerns. Yet, in the big picture every dollar given to any government is not availabe for other family/business need.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:12 a.m.