by Lake County News-Chronicle
April 14, 2011 at 3:59 am in Lake County News-Chronicle
Two Lake County Commissioners were surprised this week to find their names on the county’s 2010 delinquent tax list released this month. Continue Reading
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So how many more “oversights” are we to expect from our elected officials? Good thing Commissioner Bergman’s oversights on the NPB broadband fiasco were finally brought to light. I hate to think about how many dollars that may have involved.
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Paul Bergman is experiencing the same economic issues every one else is seeing, and that is no surprize. Same with the person commissioner Tom Clifford sold his land to….she just didn’t file the ownership changes like she was supposed to and it impacted Tom. Happens all the time with people who buy cars and don’t complete the transfer and pay the fees: the original owner/seller gets stuck with parking tickets, etc. Bergman, however, is a different case. People just don’t “forget” to pay $4,000 in real estate taxes, they do it because they chose to spend their money on something else that was a higher priority for them. He will have to pay a penalty, and that is entirely appropriate and should not be forgiven. It should also be a lesson to Bergman and the other commissioners, that living within your means and having reserves for a “rainy day” is as important for the county as it is for the individual. It is particularly important for them to recognize there are lots of folks in the county struggling with paying taxes and other living expenses, and being prudent with the budget is particularly important at this time. I noticed property values dropped in many recent valuations, but stayed pretty much the same around the Lake Superior shore area, even though property sales demonstrate they are dropping there too. I hope the county will have the courage to keep taxes down, and expect every worker and project to meet tough standards of performance and return on investment. for the money we do invest in them. The county is going to be faced with a loss of state LGA, and should start building reserves now to avoid raising taxes later. And, the funding of the broadband project better be done appropriately to prevent financial disaster early on. We are already looking at having to front somewhere between $3,5 and $5.0 million of county taxpayer monies to get the thing going. This was not expected either. Paul was a staunch supporter of the broadband project, and his tax money is needed to fund it! Getting his bill paid, after at least six months of being in arrears, should be his number one priority. Those who have paid their taxes, and made sacrifices to do so, should expect nothing less.
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