Letter: Mayor must stick to budget, not raise taxes

Jerry R. Burrell


To the Editor:

In response to what I call the mayor’s Borrowing and Raising Taxes Council raising a 2.8-cent cumulative capital development fund tax to 5 cents in July 2012, raking in $500,000 a year plus or minus a few bucks, this is money they don’t have to account for (free money) and Mayor Craig Luedeman wants to borrow money to buy police cars, build a walk park and other things?

How many police cars could you buy a year to update the fleet (three to five) and have money left? The mayor needs to face reality and operate within a fiscal budget, not borrowing and raising taxes. It reminds me of somebody we have in the White House.

This is the route of least resistance. It seems most politicians like to take that route. We need individual department budgets with oversight on those budgets to make all departments stick to their budgets. Now, it’s almost like we have one budget (general fund).

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