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6/13/2013 7:41:00 PM
Voter Complacency
Letters to the Editor

While the citizen voters slept, unconcerned with the government they have elected, the Mayor and City Council have reached new highs in ambitious corruption. It is all sanctioned by the city manager and city attorney although blatantly wrong. It is highly promoted by those few who will benefit $$$ most. Their ordinance 3230 does several things.

It extends the SUA municipal public trust for an additional twenty years. It does so by altering the very trust indenture that the people authorized in 1979 and that they operate under as trustee's. The principals of the offi ces they hold as council members and as trustees have been ethically violated.

This violation will not be felt by the citizens till these offi cials are long out of offi ce. I believe there are rules that will not allow this, but who's watching? In addition they have levied a "TAX" on the citizens of one cent for twenty years. It altered the Ordinance 1835, passed by a vote of the people. This will amount to something in excess of $150 million dollars. But this taxation without representation will not be enough.

The new ordinance also extends their power over the people and their ability to manipulate excessive utility rates from the year 2029 through 2049 to generate even more excess revenue to fund the monuments to their ambitions. It will make certain elite even richer at citizen expense.

Using the illusory trust allows them to continue spending this infl ated revenue without voter input on programs that have nothing to do with the SUA. They have to use this backdoor SUA for this as the city charter limits them to $50 thousand for a public improvement program without a vote of the people.

The citizens of Stillwater should not have to petition the municipal government to do what is right, moral, ethical, and legal. These offi cials should want the people to be involved in such a monumental "TAX and SPEND" program. Okay, that's enough. You can go back to sleep now. Dennis Gronquist, Stillwater

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