Statements about City Budget
Says that "In 2009, I saved ratepayers around $500 million by persuading the Council to pursue a less expensive compliance mechanism if the City is required to treat Bull Run drinking water."
"Ten years ago the Austin Water Utility used a total of 240.3 million gallons. Every summer since then our peak day of water use has been lower."
"Mayor Fung wants to punish our children's education by removing 12 million dollars from current funding to pay for his private charter school. Your taxes would increase by between 6 and 8 percent per year."
The Central Falls fire department is "one of the lowest, if not the lowest, paid fire departments in the state and entire region."
Thirty-seven percent of Central Falls’ retired police officers and firefighters are out on disability pensions; in most municipalities, about 5 percent of retirees collect disability pensions.
Central Falls "schools are overfunded by state money by as much as $8 million."
Says Wisconsin Senate recall candidate Jessica King "voted to increase her pay with taxpayer dollars by 63 percent."
Says that under City Council Member Randi Shade, Austin had the "highest city debt per person in Texas."
Says the Austin City Council "may give $4 million a year to subsidize a race track."
Says opponent Kathie Tovo "believes that Austin invests too much in the cops, firefighters and paramedics that protect our families and neighborhoods."
The Central Falls School system "spent $100,000 on a time clock."
"Austin Energy is considering its first rate increase since 1994."
Says one of Austin City Council Member Randi Shade’s biggest contributors is the lobbyist for the Formula 1 racetrack planned outside Austin.
Says it has offered $12 million in savings through 2011 and $184 million in savings over the next 25 years in contract negotiations with the City of Milwaukee.
"Financed the largest parking expansion program without a rate increase."
The City of Milwaukee "uses the building inspection area as a revenue base."
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