If you are a veteran in Florida, you better watch what you eat at the Veterans Administration hospital in Tampa. Dead rats and roaches were discovered in the kitchen at the VA hospital. If someone in Florida says they are going to get a little R & R, it does not mean “rest and relaxation” – IT MEANS RATS AND ROACHES! See article at http://www.fox10tv.com/story/29370200/fl-va-hospital-invaded-by-rats-roaches
Freeport School District does lead in one category – TAXES! For the 2014 real estate taxes payable in 2015 the District leads the way by not only increasing its tax rate, but by the fact that it takes about 60% of your real estate taxes. The tax rate in Freeport is unconscionable, and these rate increases cannot continue. When economic development is discussed, someone should address the fact that high real estate taxes are detrimental to economic development and contribute to declining real estate values. Let’s look at Naperville, Illinois which is often rated as one of the nicest cities in the country. Naperville has a 2014 real estate tax rate of 7.3814 compared to Freeport’s of 12.49685. This means that the owner of a $150,000 owner occupied home in Naperville pays $3,248 in real estate taxes versus $5,498 in Freeport. Draw your own conclusions!
For the first time in more than eight years it appears that Freeport has a fiscally responsible City Council. Unfortunately, the reckless spending during eight years of the Gaulrapp administration, which has continued for another two years under the leadership of Alderman Tom Klemm, has left the City of Freeport in a very difficult financial situation. Freeport has a lot in common with the State of Illinois – years of reckless spending and sweetheart deals with labor unions. If you have time tonight, go to the council meeting at 6:00 pm at 524 W. Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor, or you can watch it live on Comcast Channel 17. The agenda for the meeting is available at http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20150615.pdf
Downtown Freeport, Illinois on Chicago Avenue between Main and Stephenson Street, 5:30 pm to 11 pm. Enjoy Freeport’s historic downtown with this music fest featuring two bands, great food and a beer garden. The June concert features “Rock on Chicago” with Mr. Big Stuff, a Rockford, Illinois band. The first band starts at 6 pm and the second band at 8 pm. Also enjoy the Open Air Market on Chicago Avenue, adjacent to Music on Chicago – open 4 pm to Dusk. See their website at http://www.mrbigstuffband.com/
At the council meeting on May 18, Street Superintendent, Tom Dole, said the City will repair the alleys in the 5th Ward. Without saying it he essentially said, to Hell with those people living on Woodside Drive, Woodside Kort, and Woodside Circle. The City is more concerned about alleys in the City than dangerous and disintegrating streets. Must someone die on Woodside Drive before the City repairs this street? I guess the City does not place much value on the lives of its citizens using Woodside Drive. One thing for sure, when someone is killed or injured on Woodside Drive, the City cannot deny knowledge of the dangerous condition of this street. Tort immunity will not protect the city from liability for the intentional disregard of this dangerous condition.
To make matters even worse the City plans to spend $517,714 on new streets and a new parking lot for a fire station. Not one dime for the Woodside Drive area. WHEN WILL THE TAXPAYERS OF FREEPORT WAKE UP? They are living in a city that places a higher priority on parking lots that the safety of its citizens.
The Freeport City Council will be meeting on Monday, June 1 at 6:00 pm at 524 W. Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor. You can watch it live on Comcast Channel 17. The agenda for the meeting is available at http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20150601.pdf
Of interest is the fact that the City of Freeport will be spending $15,000 for fireworks for the 4th of July, and it cannot repair the streets in this City. I might add that I like fireworks, but perhaps it should not be paid for with public funds when the City cannot afford to provide basic services to its citizens.