Action Alert: St. Pete City Hall Wants to raise your Taxes and Utility Bills….AGAIN!
Tell them “No MORE” on 9/12. 6 p.m. 175 5th St. N. @ City Hall
Don’t let the tax hikers be the only voice at City hall Thursday night! (The “People’s Budget Review” will be there demanding more spending and supporting higher taxes! All to redistribute YOUR money to their friends!)
As readers of this blog know, I ran for St. Pete City Council this year. I greatly enjoyed meeting so many of you during my run. While I missed being eligible for the general election by only 169 votes, my campaign was never about me. My goal has been to rally the citizens of St. Petersburg to take back St. Petersburg from the elitist political class* that run this city. In other words my only goal has been to make St. Petersburg YOUR City. This political class* includes corporations, union leaders, extreme “progressive” special interests, government bureaucrats and politicians. The political class in general is any group that would use the power of government to help themselves financially or to gain more power for themselves. However you can change that, if you join the campaign to STOP THE TAX and UTILITY BILL HIKES and make St. Petersburg YOUR CITY! I am asking you to join me and others at St. Petersburg city Hall on September 12 at 6 pm at 175 5th St. N.
At City Hall this campaign to take St. Petersburg back will launch its next step. We will work to stop the $10 million of tax and utility bill hikes that the City Council and the self-proclaimed “conservative” Mayor Bill Foster is trying to impose on St. Petersburg. Last year Mayor Foster led the charge to raise $10 million in taxes, first failing with a fire fee and then succeeding with a property tax hike. He now is proposing $3 million in property tax hikes and $7 million in utility bill hikes. This is after garbage bills went up $19 million since 2006, and water bills went up $3-8 million per year since 2008 (except in 2010). The city has collected an extra $3-$10 million per year in combined taxes on electric and phone bills since 2003 and another $3-4 million in “franchise” taxes on electric bills in addition to direct electric bill taxes. In total, the city has collected an extra $12-$25 million ANNUALLY in taxes and fees on utility bills since 2003. They have also created new revenues with red light cameras that merely bring in your cash while actually increasing car crashes! Now they want more. These tax increases routinely get covered at The Sun Beam Times Blog in stories like this.
The city wants more because the politicians refuse to control spending. They have $325 million in unfunded retirement plans that will bankrupt St. Pete. This is for employees who make three times more than most citizens in St. Pete. They envision wasting tax money on a new pier when private money would build a better pier. They spread the money to “patronage” jobs to buy votes for future elections and waste it in every conceivable way. The city has spent more money in the last two years than ever before in the history of St. Pete and the political class plans to increase the binge so they can get fat while you get poor.If you want to take back your city, it won’t be through the candidates before you for City Council and Mayor.It appears that nearly every one of them are playing the same games. To take back your city you are going to have to come together as a people and tell your government that you expect better. You will need to let them know you are on to them. You will need to upset the apple cart.
As we – the ordinary citizens and taxpayers – are sacrificing more and more, local extreme progressive groups are coming to city hall to demand MORE spending and support higher taxes! The “People’s Budget Review” is made up of Union leaders and extreme liberal groups like the Sierra Club and led by well known liberal activist Darden Rice. They will be there en mass on Thursday. They want to put YOUR tax money in their pockets for feel good projects that will mainly benefit them and their friends! Don’t let the tax hikers be the only voice at City hall Thursday night!
Here are the steps you can take to make St. Petersburg YOUR CITY
- Sign up for your free email subscription to the Sun Beam Times at www.SunBeamTimes.com. Tell them YOUR story – about how you can’t afford to keep funding this overly expensive government.
- Look for calls to action “Take Back your city”
- Come to St. Petersburg City hall on 9/12 at 6 pm at 175 5th St. N. to stop tax and utility bill hikes
- Spread the word to your friends to join the “Your City” campaign.
- Recognize when the Political class* is taking advantage of you and let them know you are on to them.
- Please, join this campaign. If you don’t you will have the same rude awakening St. Pete had in 2007 when the property tax crisis hit. The same rude awakening of Detroit, Stockton, Vallejo, Central Falls, RI and so many other cities that went bankrupt, but not before cutting back police, fire and basic services as they rose taxes through the roof.
If you want to keep St. Petersburg a beautiful and prosperous city, it is time to step up to the plate and do your part to take back your city. Subscribe today to the Sun Beam Times blog at www.sunbeamtimes.com to join the fight. See you Thursday night!
*I have refrained from listing all specific examples of the political class here for now. They know who they are. Generally they will be the ones supporting government based solutions to problems. They will be the one who gain financially from big government deals. They are generally leaders of organizations pushing this agenda in St. Pete, often ignoring or working against the best interest of their members in the process. The Union leaders are an obvious group; working to maintain fat benefit packages for government workers that can NEVER be paid out. They do this while subjecting the city to bankruptcy and refusing to demand that the actual retirement plans get funded – instead preferring money be spent on special projects: like with the People’s Budget Review which is funded and run by many of these Union leaders.
The biggest clue as to members of the political class in St. Petersburg will be those looking to build a train from Clearwater to St. Pete while supporting a $130 million annual sales tax hike on the poor and middle class to do this. That money will be redistributed to the polticial class. Watch the liberal, RINO, (Republican in Name Only), and crony capitalists scurry to the feeding trough for the coming rail boondoggle. That will be the biggest clue. You will know the members of the Political Class as those working for themselves rather than their members or the taxpayers by their support of the “Greenlight Pinellas” campaign to build light rail and quadruple the PSTA budget. Greenlight Pinellas is funded with your tax money to fund political propaganda — all so the rich and well connected benefit while you lose more of your hard earned money and freedom.