Here is the article I wrote that came out in yesterday's Kenosha News. Of all the Republican View articles that I have written, this one by far has gotten the most reaction from people. I have gotten several emails. Plus, I actually had stranger stop me in Walmart to discuss the irresponsible spending in Pleasant Prairie.
Entitled- Are our tax dollars being properly managed?
It is December, folks, and here they come--our tax bills are on their way.
Tax season is just around the corner, and the question that we are asking ourselves is whether our taxes will go up this year.
Judging from the recently released local and county budgets, it is a safe bet that our taxes are going up again.
Most of us do not mind paying taxes. We understand the need for good schools, good roads, fire and police protection, etc....
However, we do care that our taxes go up because of money mismanagement from our elected officials. As taxpayers, we have a tendency to get upset when this happens.
Are our elected officials managing our tax dollars properly?
That is a hard question to answer. Some elected officials are making an honest effort to manage our tax dollar efficiently. However, some elected officials are not even trying to keep our taxes down to a reasonable level.
Anyone watching the squabble that is taking place in the Village of Pleasant Prairie realizes there is a serious budget problem. In a tentative budget proposed earlier this year, village officials had already increased property taxes to the maximum level that the state would allow. Believing they needed more money, village officials decided to go to the taxpayers and ask for additional tax increases in the November referendums.
Village officials decided that the tax increases they had already proposed were not nearly enough to cover for a new ambulance, a new snowplow, heart monitors, and a Hurst tool.
The taxpayers of Pleasant Prairie soundly rejected the tax increases proposed in the November referendums.
Village officials then went back and looked at their original budget proposal to see what they could do to fund the ambulance, snowplow, and the heart monitors.
Guess what? Just like magic, village officials found plenty of money to fund these new items.
They did not really need the extra money after all!
So where did village officials find the extra $433,000 to fund these new items?
Apparently, they had some money in a reserve fund, and their health care insurance was not going to go up by $163,000 as they had originally budgeted.
Didn’t Village President John Steinbrink and Administrator Michael Pollocoff notice that they did not really need more money before they went to the taxpayers demanding more tax dollars?
Apparently not. This is the kind of stuff that frustrates us as taxpayers. This is ridiculous! Did they look at the budget and the tax increases before they actually proposed it?
I read in the paper a couple of weeks ago that some Pleasant Prairie village officials were upset because they are being accused of “mismanaging” the village finances.
Well, after watching this fiasco in Pleasant Prairie play out in the newspaper- what else would you call it?
It is extremely irresponsible for Pleasant Prairie officials to demand additional money from taxpayers that they did not really need.
Taxes are unavoidable and we are willing to pay them. However, we demand responsible government officials who are looking out for the best interest of the taxpayers.