According to this article over at the Star Tribune, Burnsville believes that it’s being proactive by tackling tough budget decisions now rather than later. Unfortunately, plenty of others including myself, think that they should have thought about this nonsense years ago rather than waiting until the market tanked below the depths of the quarry they want to turn into a park.
Burnsville city staffer Tom Hansen complains that they cannot raise taxes even more than they already have because they set the tax levy for 2009 already. Oh no, really? You can’t fucking raise taxes to offset a budget deficit you caused by overspending on unnecessary shit like the expensive Burnsville Performing Arts Center, the half a million dollar water feature in a park that was never meant to have kids splashing around in it, and the thought of charging taxpayers to add an additional traffic light to allow the mayor to safely cross right in front of her own building instead of walking 500 feet in either direction? Really? Oh you poor fucking babies, I really feel sorry for you that you couldn’t come up with something more inventive than waiting for government aid and forced handouts from your citizenry.
Hansen threatens that because of this budget shortfall they’re going to have to cut programs, staff, and levels of spending! Wow, finally someone that at least has the balls to utter the tragic words that cities should be considering at all times. I am not quite sure why cities feel that they need to wait until they aren’t getting state and/or county aid to do these things. Cities have an obligation to provide a minimum level of service to their residents and they are not there to throw tax dollars around on pet projects so that their names will be forever carved into the cornerstones of unnecessary buildings. All of these considerations should have been made YEARS ago, not in February 2009.
There’s a great comment under the Star Tribune’s article by user skeptic2209 which gives some great ideas on what they should have done and what they should do now. Two of my favorites are:
(5) Use your “collaborative style” and actually LISTEN to citizens about budget cuts;
(6) there are no events scheduled at the PAC main stage from 3/1 to 4/26, according to the BPAC website. Howsabout getting some revenue generating acts in there?
I highly suggest you read the rest of the suggestions posed by those responding to the Star Tribune article as people have some really good ideas. I realize that the Burnsville City Council refuses to listen to residents who are fiscally conservative until it’s too late, but perhaps it’s now time for someone to step in and tell Kautz to do what she does best–sit in her favorite coffee shop and smile instead of fucking with the money provided by the taxpayers of Burnsville and Dakota County. Liz, you have proven time and time again that you are completely ineffectual at running Burnsville and your only purpose in life is to bitch and complain that the state is taking away the precious money that you like to waste on frivolous fucking bullshit anyway.
What do you think about Burnsville’s planned service cuts? Are you concerned that your city is going to do the same after raising taxes to astronomical rates? Do you believe that the cities should have thought of cutting back budgets long before the state cut their aid? I’m sure you have an opinion on this one so let’s hear it!