Mayor Bowman Says There are “No Problems” in Crystal

October 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment


Let’s have some fun with Crystal Mayor ReNae Bowman’s blog shall we?

What a glorious weekend!!  Such a great time to be campaigning.  First of all I really want to thank all who are supporting me during my re-election campaign.  It is so heart warming to be greeted with hugs and statements of, “of course I am voting for you”.  Of the hundreds of people I have been in contact with during the past couple of weeks, I have learned that most of the citizens believe the city is doing well and life is good in Crystal and that the council has the city on the right track. 

Well, we agree it was a glorious weekend……

When I ask citizens about any current problems or issues I am being told there are no problems or issues. 

No problems?? You have to be joking! If there are no problems in Crystal why is it that you only got 38% of the vote in the primary? Why did Dave Anderson lose his primary and get just 24% of the vote? Then again maybe Mayor Bowman is only talking to herself.

Citizens agree that we have not had  tax spikes during our recent bad economic times and that stable taxes are important to our citizens.  We have seen tax increases, but citizens know that it takes people to provide services and people need to be paid.  City  employees had wages frozen for  a 2 year period.  I want to thank the Crystal staff for their patience during tough times.  We have given some small wage increases (the price of gas and milk alone is a budget breaker for most families) and that has helped us to maintain our stable tax structure. 

So we have seen tax increases but not tax spikes? We’ve had a two year wage freeze and we’ve given small wage increases? Does that make any sense? And what about special assessments? Why aren’t they considered tax increases?

And by the way, we are paying our city manager $125,000 a year. The city finance director and community development director make $106,000 apiece (of course that doesn’t include benefits). Is that not enough to buy gas and milk?

But then again there are no problems in Crystal.

Read the full post here;

Bowman’s peice

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Entry filed under: City Government, Crystal, Mayor, Taxation.

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