Well I see Mayor Kaschke is at it again. In his column in the Bulletin he said budget surplus could reduce taxes. He says he plans to introduce a long-term plan that will reduce the property tax levy by 15-percent over five years.
Despite what the mayor said, the levy will go up and property taxes will continue to rise because Landscape Golf Group has taken over Iron Eagle golf course. Itís apt to cost the city $70,000 in back pay, vacation and sick leave to previous employees of Iron Eagle. And, Landscapes has already been given $2,000 more than the $5,000 they were to receive each month.
Also, Landscape hired a company out of Lincoln to fix irrigation lines at the golf course, a cost so far of $2,700 to the city. The city has no choice but to pay because of the contract they signed.
So as Councilman Tim Barrett put it, itís an open checkbook every time Landscape says they need something done. Five more years of this, then to top it off Landscape hires out-of-town companies.
What a profit Landscapes is making and what a killing the taxpayers are taking.
To those who said Iron Eagle needs changes, is this the kind of change you had in mind?
How is the mayor going to lower the levy and property taxes? Certainly not this way. This was his plan. Like Kaschke says in his article about the federal government, itís a massive out of control spending spree.
No more Kaschke, Pederson, McNea, Steinbeck or Carman.
- Jon Higgins, North Platte