John “Tax and Spend” Budziszewski Part 1
By Andrew Richter
It’s very funny to watch John Budziszewski claim he is some small government conservative (while working with the DFL, Mark Hoffman, Joe Selton, and former mayor Bowman behind the scenes at the same time). His latest bizarre facebook rant states that he would “NOT increase taxes, period!”
You can see his rant HERE starring me among others.
Well let’s examine if his actions match his words……..surprisingly they don’t!
Now again, remember the definition of a tax; “a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc”
This means everything government does to raise “revenue” is a tax in some way, shape, or form. There’s no such thing as free money. That means property taxes, assessments, licenses, fees etc. are all taxes! Mr. Budziszewski would like you to just stare at the operating budget until you can’t see a forest in the trees. We’re not that stupid.
Fact: Last year property taxes were raised $54,444. If Mr. Budziszewski is a man of his word, he would have voted against it right??? Wrong!
Answer: He voted YES for a property tax increase
Fact: On November 5, 2013 the council raised our utility bills by 5%. Mr. Budziszewski didn’t vote for that did he? He wouldn’t raise our water bills……..Wrong!
Answer: He voted YES for a 5% increase
Fact: In June and again in October the council voted to put expensive and unnecessary solar panels on three city buildings; the community center, city hall, and the Crystal Pool (a building we use 9 weeks out of the year) at a total cost of over $100,000 to Crystal taxpyers. He’s never vote for this kind of spending right? Wrong!
Answer: He voted YES for this wasteful spending and was the DECIDING VOTE 4-3
Fact: In April 2013 the council voted to do Phase 13 in city reconstruction projects. The council voted 4-3 to overcharge residents for the special assessment. The assessment was a property tax increase on the average of over $5000! Mr. Budziszewski would never vote for this. It is a property tax increase AND an overcharge. It was also a 7.5% increase over 2012. This could never get his vote right? Wrong!
Answer: He voted YES for a HUGE property tax increase and to overcharge people. And again he was the deciding vote 4-3.
Now, folks there’s more……much much more. Way too much to put in one article. As you can see in just four votes Mr. Budziszewski voted for a property tax increase, overcharged his fellow residents for a special assessment, voted to increase our water bills, and voted for wasteful spending.
We can sure trust him can’t we?
I should note that Mark Hoffman and Joe Selton also made the exact same votes as John but they aren’t campaigning saying they would “NOT increase taxes period!”
I’d like to know; am I maliciously lying about this? Can anyone produce evidence that what i have stated here is wrong?
More to come folks……..hold on to your seats….or wallets!