I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
Well the new Cudahy 2009 Spring/Summer newsletter has arrived. I have to say it reads as a 2010 Mayor McCue ???free??? campaign literature. Many of the points are to deflect the criticism I personally brought up in the My Report Card of Mayor McCue series.
I am not the only one that caught on to the Mayor McCue ???free??? campaign literature aspect of the newsletter.
A couple of city employees wonder why Mayor McCue did not take credit for creating heaven and earth, since he has taken credit for everything else in the most recent newsletter. They are wondering why he was able to use the city newsletter as a piece of campaign literature.
He can use it because what oversight does he have? Mayor McCue cannot even understand that he works for us, ???The People.??? He is NOT a king of Cudahy, but a Mayor AKA a public servant. Mayor McCue is in his own soap opera with his supporters of their own volition. We are just the spectators, he is the narrator.
Listed below, I copied two paragraphs from the newsletter with a point that a taxpayer made to me. If Mayor McCue was so good, and he is saving the taxpayers all this money, why did our property taxes not go down, rather they went up by 2.5%.
The ultimate question to ask the city treasurer is how many dollars equate to one percent levy increase?
Excerpt from the newsletter:
???The 2009 City of Cudahy budget held the line on taxes while providing the vital services residents expect. The city???s portion of the tax levy increased less than 2.5 percent, which was well below the rate of inflation, despite that the State of Wisconsin cut our shared revenue by over $66,000.
I proposed combining our Public Works Manager/ Water Utility Manager with our City Engineer to create the position of Director of Public Works which saved taxpayers $139,000. In addition, I proposed privatizing our assessor???s office and laying off a part-time assessor which saved taxpayers $136,000.???
Thoughts below from one reader...
If one percent of the tax levy equals $60,000, and we are truly saving $275,000, why did taxes go up by 2.5%, rather shouldn't they have gone down with the Mayor's proposed savings?