In March of 2014 the voters of Stephenson County soundly rejected a 1% increase in the sales tax on the people of Stephenson County for the benefit of school districts in the county with Freeport School District being the biggest beneficiary of this tax increase. The administrators (some now gone) at Freeport District promoted this tax with the support of some members of the school board who will also soon be gone. Now the Freeport School Board has voted to put the question of raising the sales tax 1% on the ballot again. No wonder our schools are in such bad shape when the administration does not know the meaning of the word “NO.” The administrators in the school district tell us that property taxes will go down. What a joke! Give the Freeport District more money, and they will just spend more. Now what is really sad about this whole mess is that those bureaucrats running the Freeport School District will be out promoting this tax at our expense. We are paying them to destroy this community. They have millions of dollars at their disposal and hundreds of employees to help them promote this tax. Administrators come and go, but taxes once levied are never reduced. There is only one truth in government – give them more money and they will spend it!
President Obama will give his seventh State of the Union Address at 8:00 pm and Freeport City
Council will meet at 6:00 pm in its temporary quarters at 524 W. Stephenson Streeet, 3rd floor.
If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live. Since most council meetings are over before 8:00 pm, you will be able to watch both events! It easy to summarize President Obama’s talk without hearing it – more taxes on the “rich” under the guise of helping the middle class and more regulations. Obama has had 6 years to help the middle class. If we get any more help, there won’t be a middle class.
As to the council meeting, don’t miss Alderperson KIemm (1st Ward) leading the Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. Some items of interest on the council agenda are as follows:
2nd reading of ordinance amending Flood Management Areas which expands Yellow Creek
Flood Hazzard Area on the south side of Freeport. See memo on change at
Resolution Adopting 2015 Economic Development Goals
Resolution in support of expanding Enterprise Zone for Swift Hospitality Group. They propose building more senior residential care units. Our only hope is that said units will pay real estates immediately after being built. Otherwise, they will just be another burden on the services in the City with more of the tax burden for said services being shifted to the few remaining small businesses and homeowners.
See complete agenda at http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20150120.pdf
The flu is rampant throughout the United States while the CDC makes excuses – the flu mutated. Again, another governmental agency makes an excuse for gross incompetence. Under the Obama Administration governmental agencies from the IRS to the Veterans Administration are run by bureaucrats who don’t give a damn about the public they should be serving! Incompetence is order of the day. The government tells everyone to get flu shots and then the shots don’t protect you. So when someone asks why you are so sick, just say you got attacked by a mutated virus. And then add – I DID GET A FLU SHOT!