They've found a better way to raise millions of dollars: they enlisted a dupe (a Democratic, naturally) who's a state representative to write up some legislation that would allow them to install unmanned photoradar units - in the name of Public $afety, of course - around town. As it stands, Streetcar Charlie and his sidekick, Shorty Novick, are still pushing for a street fee, although they're moving toward a city-imposed income tax rather than their widely-opposed fee. But if state law is changed to allow unmanned systems - and if it looks like it'll bring in millions of dollars a year, they may back off.
Okay, that's pretty unlikely: those two spend most of their time trying to dig more cash out of residents' wallets. But the attractive thing about unmanned pr systems is that they could end up snagging a lot of cash from out-of-towners, so residents and business owners might feel a little less put-upon.
Of course, as the chart shows, city streets would be in considerably better shape had the feckless "leaders" simply stuck to their core functions rather than diverting our funds toward their pet projects in the first place:
They insisted on having a shiny streetcar, among other toys, rather than focusing on the mundane stuff road maintenance. Now, they demand that we pay more to cover their stupidity. They're determined to get more money somehow, and if the opposition to their hairball city income tax/street fee/whatever proves insurmountable, why then, they'll just use their clout to get state law changed to make it a little easier to rip people off.
Just another reason to avoid the city. Come spring, we hope to have our place peddled so that we can move over a block, into Washington County. It'll be a lot of work to pack up and unpack, but worth every drop of sweat.
We put a new roof on the place three years ago, added insulation and new siding to the front. Hardwood floors in the living room and dining room, new carpet. I'll even let the new owners keep the two cords of alder that I cut and split - that stuff keeps the entire place at 70 degrees on the coldest days and nights. Heck, if I recall correctly, that was going for over $200 a cord last year.
The folks down the hill from us finished packing and moving out a few days ago. They had huge smiles on their faces.