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Friday, September 25, 2009

Aurora Alderman Says Taxdollars Are Not Taxdollars to Save Junk House

Aurora's Third Ward Alderman Stephanie Kifowit, who finished in last place during an unsuccessful attempt to run for Mayor of Aurora (81% voted against her) in 2009, has continued to veer off-track when it comes to the best interests of taxpayers.

At Tuesday's Aurora City Council meeting, Kifowit aggressively pushed to give away almost $200,000 at taxpayer expense to her friends, the McCue family, who own Copley Mansion on the near west side, to move and renovate a junk house on Downer Place.

Kifowit, who also donated $1,500 of taxpayer funds to a private club on the same night, said funds being given to the McCue family weren't taxdollars.

They came from gaming tax revenue and taxpayer-funded grants, but somehow weren't taxdollars.

Aurora's finance director, Brian Caputo, says taxdollars, including gaming taxes, are taxdollars.

Alderman Rick Lawrence and Alderman Whitey Peters both objected to the use of taxpayer funds for what was a private transaction the city found itself in the middle of.

Kifowit's argument was even more odd when you consider she said by giving away these funds, we would make sure the house was saved and "put back on the tax rolls."

However, it already exists on the tax rolls (see proof here) and was supposed to be paying over $8,000 last year in property taxes as a rental property owned by New England Church.

With the city getting about $2,000 annually for their portion of property taxes, it would take approximately 100 years for the city to break-even, according to Alderman Rick Lawrence and Alderman Whitey Peters.

Alderman Lawrence, who's 4th Ward is home to the city lot being given away for $1, says in this time of fiscal challenges, saving $200,000 would have been a wiser choice, but there's nothing stopping anyone from saving the junk house on their own without involving taxpayers.

Further complicating the matter is the fact the city refused to sell the same city lot to Our Savior Church, which has pending litigation against the city.

Alderman Lawrence and Mayor Tom Weisner have been encouraging negotiations between Our Savior Church and the McCue's to come up with a solution to the properties they own next to the same city-owned lot.

Meanwhile, those negotiations have not resulted in an agreeable solution between Our Savior and the McCue's. Most believe proceeding with this junk house move will make that solution more difficult now.

If any future solution involves writing another large check from the city, at least they can count on Stephanie Kifowit to support spending it.

After all, it's not taxdollars according to her.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's magic money, like in Monopoly! It's not real.

Anonymous said...

So you are going after Kifowit and not Irvin. Try this on for size. When Irvin ran for Mayor the 1st time there was an incident involving himself, drugs, extra curricular marital activity, and a car accident that took place at McCues and then concluded on Indian trail. The police let their boy skate as he was not in the vehicle involved in the impact (and the Union backed Irvin) and later Irvin ended up representing the woman involved in the attempted liaison and accident for free if she would shut her mouth. The McCues also shut their mouth, as there is nothing like having something juicy you can dangle over an Alderman's, with higher office in mind, head when need be.

Sorry Openline, but Kifowit is not the only one with motivations to serve at the McCue’s bequest.

Anonymous said...

BTW, the above is not meant to let the dumbest broad to ever hold public office skate on this issue, it is just to point out the incompetence of this council extends beyond those with artificial golden locks of hair.

Anonymous said...

Openline again showing their bias. If they were at the meeting they should have noted that there were 10 council members voting in support of this and the Mayor. Give it up Openline. Everyone knows you have a grip against Kifowit, so your post is just ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Openline spewing lies again. The money is grant money allowed to anyone in the City. Give it up!

Anonymous said...

So it's OK for the City to use its own grant money to get itself out of a stupid situation that was caused by even more stupid decisions? In these tough economic times, this grant of $75 grand could not have gone to homeowners wanting to remove second apartments in their own homes?

Anonymous said...

See this is the problem. If you want to remove an apartment - REMOVE IT!!!! You don't need the f-ing Government to do it, do it yourself. I am all for reconversion, but get real people. This having you hand out bullshit needs to stop. Get some blanking pride. My gosh what a nation of faggoty types we have become. My gosh, have pride, be a man. You want something work for it, don't go slithering on your belly to the city council to STEAL from your fellow man to fulfill the desires your own innate talents and abilities cannot grant.

Really this is sick. What the hell is wrong with people. Stop using the Government to steal the just fruits of your neighbors labor!

Anonymous said...

Kifowit is the dumbest chick ever. She should stick to what she is good at: f*cking & sucking.

Anonymous said...

What makes you think she is good at that?

Anonymous said...

I wanna move my favorite house and get some City money for it. Where do I go to get started? Who do I see to get er done?

Anonymous said...

Just where exactly do you people think "grant money" comes from? Donations? Trees? It comes out of our taxes, so once again we all are paying for it.

Anonymous said...

2:10 - not according to the financial wizard (make that failed financial planner) Stephie Kifowit, Mayoral contender. Perhaps if you met her in person you will be as overwhelmed by her financial acumen as I was. Her understanding of the economics, fiance, and politics is - well shall we just say unique. truly no one quite thinks along the same lines as this bastion of intellectual power. I would love to hear Stephie and Irvin discussing the economy.

Anonymous said...

The only person I know good at f'ing and sucking is your mom, and I do not think Kifowit is your mother - so shut up.

Anonymous said...

I'm in total support of using this tax money, regardless of its original source, to deal with the situation on West Downer. And I know more than a few people, in that neighborhood and around it, that support this move/restore concept.

Anonymous said...

"Junk House"? Obviously, you haven't been inside.

Anonymous said...

If it's such a treasure, why hasn't anyone else seen the potential to buy it with their hard-earned dollars and move it themselves? Sounds like you are willing to stretch a marginal house to have it become an architectural marvel as long as it's not your money.

Anonymous said...

No one said it's an "architectural marvel" - It's a great house, excellent bones and underneath the siding is something that will benefit the entire street. Get over it.

Anonymous said...

For $75,000 and counting it had better be an architectural marvel. Furthermore, it had better come equipped with far more attractive features than good bones and a nice set of horizonntals under that siding.

Oh, hold on a minute, I forgot that it will spice up the "personality" of that block and fill in that ugly gaping hole of nice green grass next to that mansion. Forgive me, I thought I was justifying a transaction in real life. I forgot this is City platitudes.

You are now free to formally get over it as if you were ever with it in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Give it up. Come on, you taxpaying members of the proletariat. It's only your money. Get over it and go away as we know so much more than you do.

Anonymous said...

Let me first say I strongly disagree with Alderman Kifowit on the use of city funds for this project. But, the personal assaults on Ms. Kifowit seem beyond the pale. Anonymous slurs on her sex life have no place in political discourse. I admit she may not come across very well in interviews, but in talking with her in person she seems to have a good grasp of issues. I think she genuinely cares for the city. I haven't seen her campaign coffers swell with contributions from those doing business with the city like others in the council and mayoral office.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous slurs on her sex life have no place in political discourse."

Agreed. Although I would point out this blog is pure entertainment for most of us. "Political discourse" it is not.

Anonymous said...

10:35 Kifowit is a complete and total idiot! A grasp of the issues, she is a dolt. Kifowit is easily the dumbest member of the city council and with Irvin on the council that is an achievement.

Grasp of the issues - hahaha...