4-3-14 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor

Writer asks citizens to get informed about policies

To the editor:

I want to share with you a few things I’ve learned about city policy the past few months.
The city of Waconia has no regard or respect for the property owners of the city of Waconia. The city only views property owners as a means to fund Capital Improvement Projects. A property owner’s address with a tax statement is an open invitation to be a victim of the assessment policy at their choosing.
I encourage you to contact the city and find out when your property is going to be subject to the assessment policy! Some of the city’s  policies and process are fundamentally unethical and unfair. Officials continue to hide behind state statue to justify their decisions and their political agendas. This allows council to use enterprise funds (monies collected from water, sewer, storm water and street lighting) for certain capital expenditures. Instead, these funds should be used for maintaining the city’s infrastructure 100 percent. That’s called respect for property owners.
Remember the old saying, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”
Information and knowledge will drive change. Your vote will hold people accountable for their decisions.

Dave Segner
St. Bonifacius
(Waconia property owner)

Writer says, ‘429 bond … it could happen to you!’

To the editor:

I have lived in my house for about 37 years. I’m one of the property owners on the 2014 project assessment roll. I’m sorry to say I haven’t taken the time to be more involved in the issues of Waconia politics. I’ve been busy rising my family and working. But I have paid taxes for 37 years.
I understand street improvements need to be made. The 429 bond process may be the easy way out for the city but for the homeowner, this will put financial stress many of us. I have met a lot of the new homeowners on my block this last year, young families and retired people, this added extra financial burden is not appreciated. You will be putting homeowners in financial trouble, not all of us have an extra $8,000 lying around.
I have listened to many of my neighbors say, what good will I do to speak up, the city will not listen to me, they have already decided what direction they will take, and my opinion will not matter.
To think of paying the city approximately $8,000+ on top of my taxes, for streets and sidewalks that everyone uses, I’m disappointed in the way these and future projects will be handled if you choose the 429 bond.
If the city uses this funding practice then my question, where is the money going, after 37 years of paying taxes and paying my utilities which the city takes in over $3,000,000 per year. If there has been leftover money every year in the Enterprise Fund for sewer and water improvements, wouldn’t that be used and saved for theses special projects that would only be done say every 40 years. Where is that surplus money being transferred to?
Why can’t we can’t get back to basic good money spending practice: If you don’t have it don’t spend it!

Janell Coulson