This is from The Southern's archieve: "Carbondale's proposed budget 'lean'"I would say that it looks like we are going to have our property tax back, based on Sheila's words, if she is elected mayor.
(ID: 15903944.qcd; Published: April 5, 2006; Section: News)
"...Reviewing the proposed budget during Tuesday night's meeting, City Councilwoman Sheila Simon was prompted to ask if it may be time to re-evaluate city's abatement of its property tax levy, which was enacted in 2002.
'It's not as if I am in a rush to reinstitute the property tax, but I do want to make sure we are being responsible,' Simon said."
"...Mayor Brad Cole said the city bucked a statewide trend when it zeroed out its property tax levy four years ago. He said residents initially experienced an approximate 6 percent relief in their overall taxes, but other governmental bodies have now stepped up their financial demands."
My take on this is that Carbondale has enough employees to do the job and I'm happy they are doing more with less down at city hall.
Clearly, this is a key difference between the candidates. Brad promises no property tax and Sheila has already tried to put the tax back on. A new tax is what Sheila calls, "being responsible." I agree, it will make the property owners and then the renters have the responsibility and Sheila will be having a party on our nickel.
Your comments are welcome.