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YELM’S BUDGET REMAINS OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT –
COUNCIL VOTES MORE TAXES


Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers

BUDGET PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED
The Yelm City Council meeting of November 23rd was finally published on November 30th. Usually, the meetings are published within 2 hours of the session.

There was NO public comment on the Yelm City Budget. A question was asked if anyone has asked for the budget at City Hall and the answer was “no”!
So, the City Council voted to extend the Budget’s Public Hearing for 2 weeks until December 14th.
Will anything change until then?
Will anyone take interest & comment?
I have several, however, why waste my time anymore?
No one really cares & the Council carries-on, thinking all is well with their populace.

VOTE RAISING PROPERTY TAXES
Then, there was a Public Hearing on raising the property taxes.
Of course, once again, there were NO comments on the taxes being raised.
So, slam dunk, the property taxes were raised, exactly as predicted here.

What was surprising was what was stated in the motion to pass the property taxes:
… to raise revenue for essential expenditures for fiscal year 2011.”

This is an admission that all is NOT well with the budget & the city must raise property taxes on their citizens (a stated net assessed rate of 1.82), to cover expenses via this annual tax increase.
Ed. Note: Again, I guess no one cares, since there was not one comment, though this will also hit citizens wallets, no matter how City Hall wants to spin the “small” amount.
How many more “small” amount of taxes, fees, & rate increases can the citizens annually take before they’ll march on City Hall in protest?
HMMM! The Council did not suggest extending this issue for another 2 weeks!

BOTTOM LINE
I no longer attend City Council meetings.
Yelm citizens approve of their Mayor & Council actions by their non-attendance at any meeting, even when the result PERMANENTLY affects their pocketbooks!
The silence on all of City Council’s actions speak volumes, even when the result is the citizens will have to cough-up more of their hard-earned money for city taxes.

YOU SEE – WHY BOTHER?

Posted by Steve on December 2, 2010 at 5:41 am | Permalink

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