Your City Alert: Take Action to Stop MORE St. Pete Tax and Utility Bill Hikes

Time to tell the City Council and Mayor to cut taxes and spending, don't raise them - again!

Time to tell the City Council and Mayor to cut taxes and spending, don’t raise them – again!

Hold on to  your wallets. The City Council and Mayor of St. Pete are up to their old games of using “public budget summits” as political cover to raise spending and taxes to record levels.  Their allies, the “People’s Budget Review” put out robocalls this week asking people to attend to let “the city know which projects they should fund” (not what spending to cut or taxes to lower).  These summits have been going on for a couple of years now as a means of bringing out large groups of political activists, liberals and unions to demand more spending by the city (you know, like from the “People’s Republic of XYZ”). The result from previous years: tax hikes and utility bill hikes.  Last year the taxes and utility bills were raised $10 million.


St. Petersburg Faux “Public Budget Summits” – Political Cover to Raise Taxes
COME OUT AND SPEAK UP TO STOP THE TAX HIKE AND SPENDING MADNESS!

 April 23, at 6 p.m., Walter Fuller Recreation Center, 7891 26th Ave. N.
May 14 at 6 p.m., Wildwood Recreation Center, 1000 28th St S
June 18 at 6 p.m., Willis S. Johns Recreation Center, 6635 Dr Martin Luther King Jr St N


Citizens of St. Petersburg are encouraged to show up at these public budget summits starting today, April 23. If residents turn up earlier at these so called “summits”, the City Council may be influenced to actually cut taxes and spending this year.   The schedule for the upcoming summits is printed above.  As a reminder, here are some graphics and tables detailing the city’s drunken spending binge paid for by your utility bills and taxes.

  City Spending facts ($468.8 million in 2012)

City Taxation ($451 million in   2012)

– The city government costs a   family of four and EXTRA $1,500 since 2001 (with 3,500 fewer residents and   365 fewer workers!) 

– $51.9 million in deficit   spending in the last two years. 

– $325 million total unfunded   liability for city employee retirement benefits.

-zero dollars saved for employee retiree health benefits

 -city workers make more than   three times the median income of individual city residents ($75K vs. $25k)

 -Retiree health benefits are   being paid for by extra taxes on citizens every year – not retirement   savings.

 -family members of city workers   have 75% of of their health insurance paid for by taxpayers.

 -the City has built up $80   million in EXCESS reserves beyond what is legally required to meet   obligations – The city is saving your money instead of you!

 -crony capitalists get your   money to spend on their profit generating enterprises.

 St. Pete is on the road to  Bankruptcy like Detroit.

-The City government of St.   Pete wants to raise utility bills $7 million next year – again.

 -The City government of St.   Pete wants to raise property taxes $3million next year – again.

 -The city has raised utility   bills $12-25million every year since 2003.

 -The city raised property taxes   $10 million last year.

 -cutting the millage rate is   not the same as cutting actual property taxes you pay (if home values go up).

 -When property tax revenues   dipped in 2008, the city simply raised rates and taxes on utility bills, fees   and fines.

 -The city is bringing in over a   million a year from red light cameras that only cause INCREASED car   accidents.

 Taxes and fees are draining   money from the REAL economy and hurting the poor and middle class.

 

The City of St. Petersburg keeps taking in record amounts of money - from unnecessary tax and utility bill hikes.

The City of St. Petersburg keeps taking in record amounts of money – from unnecessary tax and utility bill hikes.

 

The city continues to spend record amounts of money. They have no intent to cut spending.

The city continues to spend record amounts of money. They have no intent to cut spending.

Despite record spending and taxation, the city still is not funding the pension obligations. A set up for bankruptcy of the city.

Despite record spending and taxation, the city still is not funding the pension obligations. A set up for bankruptcy of the city.

 

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2 Replies:

  1. Ron Thompson

    PBR runs on the premise that the portion of the budget required for maintenance and infrastructure can better be decided by the voters, the people living in those neighborhoods, rather than some elected commitee that could be beholden to bribes and political influence.

    PBR is classic home rule that the tea party supports, but like many such initiatives would rather disown than partner to acheive it.

    There WILL be money spent each year on parks, street improvements, new tree planting, paving, sidewalks. Why should citizen groups beg the commissioners, then a few special interests take them into a back room before the decision is made?

    It is a bogeyman to say that PBR is about new spending and libruls and payola. It is about voter control of our city and how our taxes are spent.

    Active street level democracy should be celebrated on SunBeam, not vilified, regardless of its source.

    1. Sun Beam Times Post author

      The PEople’s budget review advocates “direct democracy” where by voter would have to go to ballot box to approve or reject spending initiatives of taxpayer doallars. That leads to mob rule and the unjust result of a slim majority removing property rights, money and freedom from a large minority.

      We are a REpublic. As Ben Franklin warned “when the people begin voting themselves benefits, that will spend the end of the Republic”.

      We don t pledeg allegience to “the democracy for which (the flag) stands” for a reason!

      Every single premise you assert Ron, is inaccurate or ill conceived.

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