Aurora's 3rd Ward Alderman Stephanie Kifowit continues to push to spend taxpayer funds on a dog park for Phillips Park, which she says is "badly needed."
Plans included $2,000 benches shaped like dog bones and other waste of taxdollars during a time of fiscal constraint.
9th Ward Alderman Leroy Keith, a member of Aurora's Finance committee, even promised Kifowit would get an even larger dog park than she wanted when it was sent back to committee for review.
However, some city officials and taxpayers are wondering where their priorities are.
On Thursday evening, much of the Aurora Police Department was focused on trying to find a suspect from an attempted armed robbery, but in order to assist in the search for the suspect, they needed a police dog.
With Kane County's canine unit apparently unavailable, Aurora had to seek the assistance of a police dog from another distant suburb.
Aurora Police, part of the second largest city in Illinois, shouldn't have to wait for a police dog.
So, while Kifowit and Keith push to spend taxpayer funds on a dog park, the Aurora Police don't have their own dog for crime-fighting purposes.
Seems the priorities are backwards. What would you prefer and is more badly needed? Having your taxdollars fight crime or provide a playground for Kifowit's dog?
We urge Stephanie Kifowit and Leroy Keith to demonstrate fiscal responsibility and put taxpayers, not dogs, first.