Last week Burnsville’s City Council voted 3-2 against a 1% tax increase for 2010 and many of us hailed that decision as an important one. Unfortunately, while Burnsville’s City Council made the right decision, Apple Valley’s apparently did not as they unanimously voted for a 0.94% increase to support city operations when the people in their city do not have enough money for even the basic necessities of life.
Again, being that I was sick and busy finding out that we’re having a baby boy I didn’t bother to watch the Apple Valley City Council meeting online like I normally would but I promise to get back into the swing of things even though the rest of my September and October are extremely busy. But thankfully the Star Tribune covered the story and printed this article which states, rather ridiculously, “Apple Valley has joined the list of cities unwilling to ask its citizens to share in the pain.”
The article mentions that Apple Valley plans to:
To help meet its proposed budget, the city will leave four jobs open for 2010: a police sergeant, a police officer, a code-enforcement officer and a street maintenance worker. The position of parks department receptionist has been eliminated and will be filled by two part-time employees.
The position of deputy fire chief remains open, and city staff members have recommended the position be reclassified as a fire training officer for 2010.
In addition, while the city normally would be replacing six police cars at a cost of $25,000 each, the proposed budget calls for replacing three.
While I applaud the $370,000 staff savings and the police car replacement costs being kept down, it seems to be doing very little else to curb spending and keep the tax increases at 0% where they fucking belong. The city says that they are not looking to reduce the level of services citizens expect on a day-to-day basis but citizens do expect a reduction of service level when it’s already overgrown with unnecessary expenditures–especially when it means that they already have less money in their pockets to pay bills and support their own lives–nevermind the poorly run operations within the city.
Do you think that it’s right that the Apple Valley City Council voted to raise property taxes ~1% when other nearby cities are voting to keep it at 0%? Do you think that the city should have done more to cut services instead of claiming that people expect a certain level of service they plan to unnecessarily maintain? Whatever you think about Apple Valley’s decision to raise property taxes ~1%, go ahead and comment on and let them hear what you have to say.