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Friday, December 10, 2010

Positions Start to Emerge on Aurora's Proposed Tax Increase Instead of Cutting Wild Spending | Lawrence Protects Taxpayers; Kifowit, O'Connor Slam Taxpayers; Beykirch Weighs-In

Aurora is proposing a tax increase instead of a decrease in wild spending.

The excuse being floated is "it's due to the pensions" but the reality is the city isn't willing to cut bloated spending elsewhere enough to compensate for the bloated pensions.

Alderman Rick Lawrence says no tax increase is necessary if the city seriously cuts spending.  With an election year and three possible competitors, Alderman Richard Irvin says he's inclined to vote against the tax increase as well.

However, Aurora's Party Girl Alderman Stephanie Kifowit says she would like to see tax increases last until at least 2016 to help pay for the wild spending and bloated pensions.

Other tax-n-spend alderman are likely to include Finance Chairman Bob O'Connor, who is largely responsible for the city's fiscal crisis.

Former 8th Ward Alderman Chris Beykirch says most members of the Aurora City Council are likely to vote for a tax increase instead of fixing the mess of wild spending, so he is proposing that a sunset clause be included to make sure the rate increase expires in 2012.

However, Lawrence says that accepting any tax rate increase without changing the fiscal model of the city so it can afford what it spends, is just delaying the problem.

5th Ward Alderman John "Whitey" Peters, who is facing an election, has not been clear about his position on the tax increase.  6th Ward Alderman Mike Saville, who has also been a longtime tax-n-spend member on the city council, is also silent thus far.

So Aurora, instead of cutting the wild spending to address the problem now, do you want a tax rate increase instead to kick the problem down the road?


Anonymous said...

Greedy Bastdards and their Greedy Unions along with the Greedy politicians all puting the screws to the taxpayers again. Fire them all and privitize everything needed to run the city. It worked very well in Indiana and it could work here.

Anonymous said...

Kifowit & any of you other Morons who want tax increases because you can't control your f*#&ing spending can all go F$*( yourselves.

Anonymous said...

I think it may be time for Whitey Peters to go. And for Kiffowit to act like she is so anti Weisner she sure vote the way he wants on everything. 7:50 once again shows up with his idiotic comment.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Weingartz used it to pay he debts off. Wasn't she in foreclosure?

rashid1891 said...

The vote came less than an hour after Obama himself urged Congress to pass the compromise he struck with GOP leaders earlier this week and warned that failing to do it could cost jobs.

Anonymous said...

Is crime picking up in the area or what? Here is an article from the Beacon News.

Plano man gets 7 years for attacking officer
Dec 10, 2010 05:58PM

Joseph Scull, 24, of the 500 block of East Seward Street, Plano, was sentenced to seven years in prison for kicking, punching and spitting on police and jail officers, the Kendall County state’s attorney’s office said Friday.

In August, Scull was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer after he repeatedly hit officers who were arresting him on a domestic violence charge, prosecutors said. Scull was taken to the Kendall County jail, where he spit in the face of the officer who was checking him in, prosecutors said.

Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis said Scull has a three prior felony convictions and a previous stint in prison.


Zachary Reyna, 20, and Roberto Reyna Jr., 20, of the 1200 block of Andover Circle, Aurora, were charged with felony aggravated use of a weapon within 1,000 feet of a church or school, possession of a firearm without an owner’s identification card, aggravated use of a weapon by a gang member and aggravated use of a weapon Thursday in Aurora, the Kane County state’s attorney’s office said.

Marco Arenas, 35, of the 1000 block of Elliot Avenue, Aurora, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance after he was found with between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana Thursday in Aurora, the Kane County state’s attorney’s office said.

Elyse Goodman, 39, of the 1300 block of Indian Trail, Aurora, was charged with felony delivery of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia at 9:22 a.m. Wednesday near her home, Aurora police said.

Jose Medina, 21, of the 200 block of Loucks Street, Aurora, was charged with felony residential burglary and misdemeanor suspended license and failure to signal at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of Superior Street in Aurora, police said.

Jessica Becerril, 17, of the 500 block of Northpark Avenue, Aurora, was charged with felony mob action and misdemeanor battery Wednesday in the 1200 block of West New York Street, police said.

About $1,800 in damage was done when two windows of a house in the 500 block of Edgelawn Drive were smashed by BBs or pellets between September and noon Wednesday, police said.

There may have been injuries in a two-car crash at 8:04 a.m. Thursday near Fourth Street and North Avenue, Aurora police said. Ramiro Patino-Argueta was charged with no valid driver’s license and disobeying a stop sign, police said. The other driver was not ticketed. Police refused to release the age or address of the driver and would note say whether anyone was injured.

There may have been injuries in a two-car crash at 2:37 p.m. Thursday near North Farnsworth Avenue and Reckinger Road, police said. Oswaldo Padilla was charged with failure to yield, police said. The other driver was not ticketed. No further information was provided.

There may have been injuries in a two-car crash at 4:43 p.m. Thursday near Farnsworth Avenue and Sheffer Road, Aurora police said. Warren Kreitzer was charged with failure to reduce speed, police said. The other driver was not ticketed. No further information was provided.

Someone stole the tires and rims, all worth $1,900, between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday from an apartment in the 4100 block of Landing Drive, Aurora police said. Total loss was $1,900.

Someone stole more than $1,500 worth of Coach merchandise by breaking a window of a car between 1:40 and 4:17 p.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of Premium Outlets Boulevard, Aurora

Anonymous said...

If you privatize everything and things get out of hand ie: GREEDY UNION demands than you can always fire the contractor and not have to worry about UNION threats etc. The tax payer does not have to be saddled with this kind of nonsense. Check out the California school that just VOTED to go charter because the GREEDY TEACHERS UNIONS there couldn't raise the educational outcomes of the students.

Anonymous said...

Did I read the Shodeen project correctly. The City took a 11 million Dollar loan out to help him build his project. Then he would re-pay it after the project was built. What a deal spend the taxpayers money then if I make a profit I will pay you. Does anyone believe that this project will ever get anything more than low cost housing.
Where is the overcrowded East Aurora School District going to put 900 families Bigalow was a mess they never paid them why would this project ever going to be any different.
How much did this guy donate to Weisner a free 11 million dollar project WOW

Anonymous said...

So who is this Rick it is in your Ward or was it you.

I was told that the city recently gave away two large residences on Lake Street (which need work) plus a lot of money to fix them up (heard $100,000 - $400,000). The individual to whom they were given, runs a non profit. However, all of the real estate associated with the non profit is owned by a for profit LLC, which is controlled by him and a relative... I am wondering if these new gifts to him, will also be owned outside the non profit, and if so, how can the city afford to do this, and how can they allow this to happen? Suspect $400,000 would pay for the police that had been laid off!

Anonymous said...

hey 2:44 don't kid yourself. shodeen will never build the project and never intended to in the first place. it was all a scam to get money out of the city, and i might add pushed on the city council by the bearded leader. well at least he got some campaign money out of it.