Oops...We (Angle, Stoffa, and Berine - who really does not count) were wrong!
During yesterdays CC meeting County Executive John Stoffa revealed his 2013 budget - none of us are...surprise, surprise, surprise, 0% tax increase.
Stoffa expressed to County Council so ever charmingly - "I know of few other counties or municipalities that can boast that record," and We The People agree, but to put matters into prospective, we must examine why this is true...the simple reason that he can make that boast is: because We The People are being overtaxed.
Approximately a year ago Stoffa wanted a 1 mill increase, and CC decide to listen to Stephen Barron instead, who all along said "an increase is not necessary". Stoffa pleaded his case saying that we would not be able to fulfill all of the County's needs without the hike...but in 2012 no tax hike, and we went on to throw away 27 million dollars on the swaption.
Why doesn't Stoffa boast about how he could have paid off the monster swaption when it was under 10 million? He conveniently forgets about that doesn't he? Squandering better than 17 million taxpayer dollars. Why doesn't John brag about that?
Amusingly he went on to say that the county will have to dip into the reserve again this year to balance the budget, which will require possibly $6 million to subsidize Gracedale. Really...the deception continues - before the Gracedale Union ASFCME and it's employees gifted back 3 million (possibly more, only time will tell) Stoffa needed 6 Million - now he still needs 6 million...and he says he's not dumb? Perhaps he continues to believe that We The People are...well John, unfortunately for you - we've proven we're not.
He also expressed that the reserve cannot continue to dwindle much longer, or taxpayers will eventually face a painful jump in taxes rather than a slow increase. Tell the truth Mr. Stoffa - should any increase be necessary in the near future it won't be because of Gracedale, but due to your irresponsible waste of taxpayers funds.
We The People said from the onset that history will prove the tax increase that both John Stoffa and Ron Angle claimed to be necessary to stay afloat in 2012, as high as 30% during the Gracedale saga, was nothing more than a scam to sell Gracedale...history has proven us right. History has left us wondering how exactly were they going to misuse the funds from the Gracedale sale? What was their plan?
The fact is however, that a tax increase is not necessary, hence, the real reason Stoffa did not recommend one.
Tell the TRUTH John...that's all We The People have ever asked of you.
Why must you always force us to expose it?