Living Within Our Means
I would hope that a newly elected mayor and city council would, as one of their first acts of business; rescind the so-called “user fee,” and shortly thereafter reduce the business and occupation tax. To attract and keep businesses, we don’t need more taxes and fees; what we need is to reduce our fees and taxes, and learn to live within the revenue those fees/taxes generate.
Living within the revenue we have is something all of us do on a daily basis. As taxpayers and/or business owners, we don’t have the luxury of taking money from others without having to pay it back, which is what our governments do when their appetite is larger than their pocketbook. If government(s) need money, they raise, or create a new tax or fee and continue to pat the sheep on the head while promising them “we know best and you’ll thank us because we know that blue skies and green pastures are just over the horizon.” They (mayor & council) also say, or think, let’s keep them (the taxpayers) in the dark. “What they don’t know won’t hurt them.” Example: Rumor has it that the current mayor, city manager, and city council just purchased the old Chase Bank building on Market Street for $900,000, subsequent to having purchased, or taken an option on the Chris Miller furniture building for over $400,000. It would appear they’re planning to try to resurrect, and shove, the construction of a parking garage to serve the old Pittsburg Steel building down our throats.
Just what this city needs, as we wallow in $190 Million dollars in long term debt. Unfortunately, I believe that they think their perceived power, and egos, give them the right to ignore the people who’ve said “no thanks” to their outlandish desire to waste our monies and accrue more debt. They still don’t get it as they pursue purchasing the contaminated property on 19th Street for a Public Safety building. I’ll ask a question that I know will never be answered: Can the current administration tell me why does the city’s budget continue to grow, when we continue to lose population and businesses? Well believe it or not, I’m cautiously optimistic about the future of Wheeling. That optimism is based on the people taking back control of their government by actually participating in the electoral process. If anyone in Wheeling needs a more profound incentive to register and vote in the next mayoral and council election in May of 2020, then I can’t imagine what it would be.