Proposition #1. $20 Million Obligation Bond, 20 years. The request to fund the Bond Issue to buy 200 acres of Land (located at Sanger Road and Richmond Road.) to build and equip softball and soccer fields, and to improve facilities at Boomer Park. Politicians use the phrase "Quality of Life" to persuade voters to pass increased taxes on themselves and all property owners in Stillwater.
This type of project is usually funded by private investors, not shackle property owners with a twenty-year, twenty million dollar tax burden for a pie-in-the-sky scheme the politicians dreamed up.
$7,500,000 Obligation Bond for ten years is a request for public safety with a new fi re station, a fl eet of Police Vehicles, and improvements in city's communication system. I feel like OSU should share the responsibility of building the fire station, and maybe a couple of the police cars.
is the Sales Tax Increase. The city is asking to remove the temporary tax of 1/2 cent and replace it with a permanent 1 cent tax, that has no expiration date nor restriction on how to spend it. The Sales Tax is on everything the consumers buy.
I've heard people try to justify their vote by saying they go along with what the elected offi cials think is best. I believe in voting for what I think is best for the people and for myself. I'm against raising taxes which places a burden upon the people who are already having trouble making a decent living.
Vera L. Long Stillwater
It seems Dan Galloway (city manager) has changed his tactics. He has fully adopted the Obama way of playing politics. After gaining seven years of Republican experience in negotiations with spendocrat's controlling congress and/or administration in DC our government stands at a stalemate.
Last Monday night at the Stillwater city council meeting he Dan dropped the Nuclear (Required) vote on the city council to have the Trustee's of the SUA public trust to rewrite the trust indenture that the trustee's operate under. Illegal? Not exactly, because state laws on trusts are not enforced. But that is okay, they look to the federal government which does the same thing they do. They only enforce the laws that are convenient to them.
What the city manager wanted was to have the trustee's of the SUA public trust to alter the rules that they operate under without a vote of the people. To be more specifi c he wanted one clause that limited their purchasing power to be stricken from the rule book (Trust Indenture).
That rule said they could not borrow (or issue bonds) on more than 10% of the annual income of the SUA. Since the SUA takes in about $70M each year that means they could not do more than $7M in one year without a vote of the people. He does not want to take anything to a vote if he can get the council to go along with him.
What he wants is $70M for electric generators and another $40M for water/ sewer maintenance, which we are paying for already three times over. We pay for it with excessive utility rates, deferred restricted funds of the third penny tax, and the new restricted funds authorized by the council under the BECK report. Yes, he wants $110M where they were limited to $7M. That is an increase of 15.7 times what was allowed by law and all without a vote of the people. That does not include the $36M we owe now or the $36M more he wants the people to vote in.