In a move which is utterly shocking, Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and lapdog Dan Gustafson convinced swing vote Mary Sherry to vote in favor of raising Burnsville’s max tax to 5.6% last evening. While this does not necessarily mean that Burnsville will have to raise the levy to 5.6%, it certainly creates a situation where the mayor and her cronies are not doing everything in their power to ensure the city shares the burden placed on the electorate by other taxation authorities.
While Gustafson, Kautz, and Sherry made a poor decision both Charlie Crichton and Dan Kealey lived up to their campaign promises made in their interviews with me (Charlie and Kealey) and spoke against and voted against raising the levy more than the 3.2% which would have been covered by the decertification of a TIF district. Councilmember Kealey went so far as to deliver a long and passionate speech about why he could not support raising taxes on the citizens and business owners of Burnsville which was probably meant to move Mary Sherry and keep her from siding with Gustafson and Kautz. Unfortunately it did not work and she ended up siding with the two who continue to steal from taxpayers to fund their own personal pet projects. Why anyone would want to side with a man who is happy to steal from his own employees and then file bankruptcy to steal from his creditors I’ll never know.
But after Kealey spoke Kautz went on the offensive and had this to say (this is mainly a quote but I was typing it as she said it live–forgive me if it’s not 100%):
All of us are very conservative in the way we look at how we manage the city and staff is the same way. We do this every year, more so than any other council in the metro area that I know of. We have been frugal but we have also been looking forward. What I would like to do is approve the max tax as staff has put forth and we can work through some of these things…but we need to do it in a very thoughtful way and not in a way that demoralizes the people who provide services to our citizens.
How sweet. The Mayor wants to do things in a way which will not demoralize the staff but forgets that raising taxes on the electorate, in addition to all the taxes which have already been raised on them by the feds, the county, the school district, etc will demoralize THEM. While Burnsville has been whittled down to staffing levels seen in 1995, something which I consider a great accomplishment and not a bad thing in the least, she’s more concerned with a few people instead of the tens of the thousands in the city? GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT MADAM MAYOR.
Overall last night’s meeting was an absolute and utter joke. Dan Gustafson should have stepped down long ago, the Mayor should be tending to her own personal life rather than worrying about meddling in the lives of those who will hopefully not reelect her in 2012, and Mary Sherry needs a good hard slap of common sense to get her back on sanity’s side.
What do you think about Burnsville voting to allow City Staff to look at a 5.6% max tax for 2011? Do you agree that by not giving City Staff the latitude to increase services that they are demoralizing them? Do you really believe the mayor when she says she’s a conservative? Whatever you have to say about taxes going up in Burnsville go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.