Thursday, December 31, 2015


From Racine Community Media:
Credit - Racine Community Media
"First and foremost, the residents of this town are unhappy. Everyone feels that taxes are too high, and unless spending is brought under control, they will rise to even higher levels. As it is right now, 36 cents of every tax dollar goes first to pay debts. This is already at a level that has pushed other local governments into bankruptcy. It’s unconscionable for this to be happening in a city the size of Racine that has an annual operating budget of around 85 million dollars. And on top of already high taxes, citizens are being hit with a barrage of fines and fees for petty ordinance violations or permits to do the simplest of home improvement projects such as replacing a toilet or water heater. They’re simply sick and tired of it.

"Tens of millions of dollars in law suits against Dickert and the city for a variety of unnecessary offenses ranging from personal defamation to civil rights violations. And there are others in process now, that could cost millions more. Arguing that these lawsuits have been without merit is illogical and delusional, Racine does not have a history of frequent and costly lawsuits under past mayors, nor do other typical communities of similar size to Racine. These lawsuits have been the unique and direct result of failed leadership.

"Failed and costly 'development' projects. We have been subjected to repeated announcements of grand new projects advertised to create jobs and bolster the local economy. Things such as the Delta Hawk engine plant which was touted as a creator of 200 good paying jobs, which have never materialized, to the Porters Project to revitalize downtown, which was abandoned and is now a rubble strewn hole in the ground. And of course Machinery Row, which has never gotten past the pretty poster stage and now, despite millions of vanished tax credits, and millions in Racine taxpayer loans, the project has no financing and remains a collection of decaying, unusable buildings, another unfulfilled promise to desperate, financially depleted taxpayers.

"Adversarial relations with neighboring communities. Everything from the mayor reneging on the city’s share of financing for 911 services under the joint dispatches contract or the anger over the escalating fees other communities are being charged for sewer and water services, our closest municipal neighbors are angry with Racine.

"Racial tensions. Whether it is minority bar owners suing the city for discrimination and civil rights violations or First People (Native Americans) protesting the giveaway of a plot in Mound Cemetery that violated a more than 100 year old treaty, minority citizens in Racine do not feel as though they are being treated equally or respectfully.

"Overall, a failed vision. A great place to “live, work and play?” For whom? It’s a nice sounding slogan, but unless you happen to be an out of town boat owner who stops by during a fair or festival, you know just how fake it all is. Talk to just about anyone who doesn’t happen to be in the mayor’s inner circle and you will hear stories of how difficult it is to invest, develop and prosper as a business owner in this city. Everything ftle other than stifle, and frustrate business owners and limit their profitability."

Read more:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When do we see the "Dickert Failed Us" T-shirts?


Who's behind those 'Rahm Failed Us' T-shirts?

Ja’Mal Green thought the phrase summed it up nicely — “Rahm Failed Us” — so he plastered the words on T-shirts and hoodies next to an image of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s smiling face.

“I was thinking that I want to make a shirt that really represents the movement and came up with these words because it’s a true statement,” Green said. “And people love it.”

While Green says he has printed and sold only about 100 of them, the shirts have become a familiar sight on news reports about protesters shutting down Michigan Avenue the day after Thanksgiving and on Christmas Eve.

Green, 20, is a leader of a protest movement calling for police reform and Emanuel’s ouster.

Several community groups and neighborhood organizations placed small orders and distributed the garments to demonstrators, who later appeared in print and television news wearing the anti-Rahm apparel.