FACING A $6 MILLION DOLLAR CITY BUDGET SHORTFALL, CITY OF RACINE OFFICIALS CONTINUE THE OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING ON REMEDIAL ITEMS LIKE: 22 GPS UNITS VALUED AT $4,532.00 FOR PARK & REC VEHICLES, 4 RUGGED IPADS FOR PARKS VALUED AT $16,000.00!!!! A $13,217.00 LAWN MOWER, A $6,375.00 FLOOR SCRUBBER, AND OFFICIALS ARE STILL TRYING TO FIX THE FACILTY BLEACHERS WITH AN EXTRA $814.95.
SO, RACINE BROKE? CUTTING POLICE AND FIRE? CUTTING CITY BUS SERVICES? ELIMINATING MORE STREETLIGHTS? RACINE IT WOULD APPEAR, IS HARDLY BROKE.
As for the ridiculous $200,000 entryway roof replacement for Festival Hall, the 2014 budget makes it clear that the Civic Centre has Expenditures of $889,750 and Revenues of $611,750, for a staggering loss of $278,000. Worse yet is the fact that the majority of the Revenue is from property taxes paid by residents, $326,750; borrowing through the issuance of bonds, $250,000, which must be repaid by taxpayers with debt; and the Room Tax, $35,000 which increases the cost of visiting and staying in Racine, thus discouraging tourism.
While Mayor John Dickert turns off and removes streetlights, cuts services, increases Recycling Fees (which were supposed to have gone away), seeks a Water and Sewer rate increase, and increases property taxes every year, in 2014 The Civic Centre Commission is planning on spending $50,000 on an interior redesign of Festival Hall, $45,000 on vinyl tent side spans, $25,000 on picnic tables, and $20,000 on pipe & drapes, tables, and carts.
MEANWHILE CITY HALL OFFICIALS, WHO JUST RECENTLY REVEALED THE CITY OF RACINE IS FACING A $4.3 MILLION DOLLAR SHORTFALL FOR 2015, ARE NOW CLAIMING THAT RACINE IS HONESTLY FACING A $6 MILLION DOLLAR CITY BUDGET DEFICIT!! INTERESTINGLY, IN THE CITY POWERPOINT SLIDE ABOVE, THE 2015 ESTIMATE WAS A $4.6 MILLION DOLLAR SHORTFALL FOR 2015.
DO CITY OF RACINE OFFICIALS HAVE ANY IDEA AT ALL HOW MUCH OF A DEFICIT THE RACINE TAXPAYERS WILL FACE IN 2015? OR ARE SOME STILL LYING AND CHEATING?