Thursday, November 5, 2009

Win small, Lose Big(gert)

One step forward, two steps back?

On Tuesday the City of Naperville heeded the call to put on hold any further development of the Joseph Naper Homestead Park.  Echoing the Watchman's wisdom, Councilman Paul Hinterlong said,
"We don't need to do anything right now given our situation with the economy. The property has looked that way for years and years and years, and there's no reason not to wait a couple (more) years."
Bravo Mr. Hinterlong!  My thoughts exactly.  And in the face of the city's looming $14 million budget deficit, those should be the foremost thoughts of the council as they weigh every single expenditure going forward.

Oops, too late.  In the very same meeting the council approved $1.3 million to upgrade a portion of Naperville's famed Riverwalk.  Never mind that the Riverwalk was just improved last year to the tune of $1.44 million.  This is Naperville, by golly!  Nothing but the best no matter how much we have to soak the tax payers!!

And soak the taxpayers, the city is.  Just a week ago the city council approved a 2.8% increase in residents' property taxes.  If that proves insufficient to fund their drunken sailing ways, the council has a new citywide sales tax just waiting in their back pocket.

Adding audacity to injury, Councilwoman Judi Brodhead said the property tax increase is, "a very minor one on people's tax bill."  So be sure and send your tax bill to Ms Brodhead -- just before you vote her off the council.

In fact, the only council members worthy of your vote next time around are the ones who opposed this tax-and-spend orgy:  Wehrli, Furstenau, Fieseler, and Hinterlong.  Oh wait, all of these jokers voted for the Riverwalk boondoggle with the exception of Furstenau.  So maybe we should return Furstenau to office and run the rest of them out of town on a rail.

And let's put US Rep Judy Biggert in the caboose for her breathtaking hypocrisy on the Porculus bill.  Despite her longstanding opposition to the Obama stimulus plan, Biggert applauded the fact that the City of Naperville will be receiving $10.9 million  to upgrade the city's public utility with so-called 'green' electric meters.  Judy, you can't have it both ways.  You can't criticize the spending only to praise the bucks that land in your district.

Politicians, repeat after me: We. Can't. Afford. This.

Voters, repeat after me:  My politician is not my sugar daddy.  The less he brings home, the better I like him (or her).

1 comment:

  1. Furstenau "soaked" the city for $1.3 million in leagal expenses so he's out to!!