by South Washington County Bulletin
December 7, 2010 at 6:59 am in South Washington County Bulletin
St. Paul Park officials are turning to taxpayers to make up for a predicted loss in state aid next year. Continue Reading
Tags: Government, local government, Saint Paul Park 5 Comments »
Glad I don’t live in SPP. What this tax is borders on criminal. We have a HISTORIC decrease in property values and yet they want to gouge owners with a tax hike on devalued property so they can keep their pocket full of spending cash. You get what you vote for in your city. And this time you got yourself a full crew of tax-and-spend-your-money-for-you people.
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I don’t mind the rise in City taxes. We lost a significant amount of state LGA. What’s really criminal is what I shell out to the black hole called School District #833. Look at your property tax statements and you’ll see what I mean.
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I hear you, Buzz. But, I do think it’s totally inappropriate in a historical period of unprecedented (at least in our lifetime) damaged economy with property depreciation that is also unheard of in our lifetime. Government at any level should not be allowed to come up with a scheme to keep their same level of funding through the taxpayer’s stretched pocketbooks. They really need to use this meltdown as the impetus to say, hey, we can’t provide these services anymore at the city level and cut their spending to the bone until the economy rebounds again. Even if they simply accept a temporary stop to some of those services as a means to help us return to growth again.
And, don’t get me started on the ways I agree about #833. Broken promise levy of bringing class size down before we voted for the tax hike, then claiming it’s not enough money and cutting back on teachers so class size is the level they promised the levy would fix…money for spanish immersion that is luxury, not necessity, the waste of money due to some moron’s book report about how class start times would improve performance if we let teens sleep in later. That, of course, led to transportation expenses in the millions to handle getting all kids to their schools by start time..wow…negligent academia continues to astound.
So my complaint is more on principal than whether the money is well spent by a city wanting more of it. We’re in unheard of economic times. And it takes some unheard of moves to stop the spending until the inevitable rebound comes, IMO.
Priorities in government is backwards. The word “budget” at the county, state and federal level has no meaning. They still look at their budgets like a kid with parents that never say “no”, paging through a “Toys R Us” Christmas catalog.
Yeah, why do we need to give so much money to the school district. We don’t need education, right?
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