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Follow the Money

Its all about the Money. Read the Document at tonight’s COW Meeting we will see where this money over the years has went and be able to judge how effective the funds were are are being spent

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RACINE AREA INTERGOVERNMENTAL

REVENUE SHARING AGREEMENT

SUMMARY

 

            The area-wide Sewer Service Agreement was signed on April 25, 2002 by the City of Racine, the Racine Wastewater Commission, the Town of Mt. Pleasant and its Utility District, the Town of Caledonia and its Utility Districts and was later signed by the Village of Sturtevant and the North Park Sanitary District.  Other communities are also expected to sign during the first 120 days after April 25, 2002, which is the “Effective Date” of the Agreement.  Revenue sharing payments required by the Agreement are based on a model developed by the City’s consultant, Ruekert-Mielke, Inc.  Payments are based on factors including the municipal budget, population and equalized property values.  Payments are calculated based on information from the prior calendar year, with notification of the amounts by July 1 of each year.  Payments are due by March 1 of the following year.  The Wastewater Commission is required to bill the parties for such payments by January 15 of the year payment is to be made.  The Wastewater Commission will distribute revenue sharing payments to Net Recipient Parties within 15 days of payment by all contributing Parties, except if there is a late payment, proceeds will be distributed based on the amounts received.  For each area participating, there will be 30 payment years beginning in 2002 with payments due March 15, 2003.  New areas entering the agreement will have 30 years of revenue sharing payments to make beginning at the time the area enters the agreement. 

            The agreement requires the City to use these revenues for capital improvement projects and thereby be able to increase its equalized value.  Such projects are envisioned to include infrastructure improvements as well as redevelopment projects.  Additionally, the Agreement requires certain expenditures to be made for designated projects and a designated area.  The City is required to spend not less than $6,000,000, 2001 net present value at 5% annually, of the total revenue sharing payments from Mt.. Pleasant in the area designated in Exhibit I of the Agreement (see attached) within 10 years after signing the Agreement.  Such expenditures must include the Oakes Road extension, which is to be improved during the same year that Mt. Pleasant participates in reconstruction of Chicory Road, which is a project that the City is pursuing.  Additionally, the City must spend its pro-rata share of upgrading and improving Three Mile Road at the border of Caledonia and Racine, contingent on Caledonia expending funds for its share of the Three Mile Road project. 

                        In addition to revenue sharing payments received from the outlying communities, the City will receive transfers of assets from the Wastewater Utility, subject to the Utility retaining an amount of funds that is reasonable and prudent in light of the needs and circumstances of the Utility.  The transfers will include reimbursement for equity contributions made by the City to the Utility or the Wastewater Commission after the effective date of the Agreement, plus interest; the amount of $660,000 per year to reimburse the City for assets originally transferred to the Utility, with a total transfer of $6,690,407, of which $3,300,000 was paid through the end of 2001; payment for Racine County’s funding shortfall for library services, beginning with a 2002 payment of $467,527; a payment for zoo funding in the amount of $285,000 in 2002 with a 3% increase per year through 2007 and the amount fixed for future years, and a payment for Wustum Museum services in the amount of $115,000 for 2002 with a 3% increase per year through 2007 and payments fixed in that amount thereafter.  These items total $1,527,527 for transfers in 2002.  It is anticipated that sufficient reserve funds exist in the Wastewater Utility accounts to support these payments for at least 20 years.  The agreement also anticipates that Racine County will increase its funding for library services and the amount funded by the Utility reserve funds would vary based on the County’s participation in payment for library services.  The items in this paragraph are not subject to expenditure limitation for capital projects.  It is anticipated that these funds will be used for offsetting current expense in each year’s City budget.

     -Dan Wright, City Attorney

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The quest for Tourism or the backdoor to a higher sales tax in Racine speculation

 

I am back!

From my Racine in Ruins blog

 

The quest for Tourism or the backdoor to a higher sales tax in Racine speculation

 

The City of Racine has no money we all know this our Mayor John “Only State ran Media allowed” Dickert has said time and again. Case in point why the city ripped up the City Union Contacts we have no money.

Why did the City want to close a Fire House we have no money.

At the same time our Mayor wants to spend more money to do so he raised taxes about 5% proposing to outsource CAR 25 to pals in Kenosha (as he saids to save $$ yet the act will cost more money) but as you will see what I think Dickert is doing he will need a “State” controlled Media, Dickert must be King of all media.

Add to this that fact that the “Tourist” area of Racine is not doing so well  A major employer has relocated outside the City. Shops are closing more and more empty store fronts. Even a Hot Dog Stand has closed.

Many property owners are behind on taxes in the Downtown area, even more sadly some business  owners from State of Wisconsin Records maybe as much as 60K behind. 60,000 assuming the State records are right that mean to me that the Downtown is in very sad shape, or we have some in Racine who think that Taxes are only for others to pay.

More tourism to Racine spending money would only help an area that is well as I see it a sink hole of failing businesses, properties far behind on taxes and other then bars empty after dark.

Who better then The Mayor to help send businesses  your way?

How to do this?

Well what I think we will see The official Mayor Dickert Network do a series of CATV productions high lighting the City of Racine focusing on Downtown and North beach this programing will not be part of CAR 25 (Hail John Dickert) but be contacted by the City of Racine, RCEDC, RAMAC, and say the Zoo (all under the control or are pals of the Mayor) . The new operators of CAR 25 (Pals of the Mayor)NOT  Car 25,will be contacted for a fee to create and produce the shows. Should this happen keep your eye on who else gets sub contacted to help.  Perhaps part of this effort is to reward long time pals that so far have yet to feed at the City Pork Feeders?

Of course other political  hacks like Rep Cory Mason will be used to promote their own projects like RootWorks. Thinking RootWorks will have $$ to help pay for this effort, after all one of the talking points of RootWorks is to create tourism to come to Racine’s Downtown. Just look at the map of where RootWorks will be directed to the Downtown area. Its all about the Downtown.

The Shows will be put on CAR 25 and I would hope You Tube and Blip TV.  I would think that an effort would be made to get them on both Milwaukee and Chicago air to try to bring tourism here. NOTE THE WORD TRY

Well the right kind of tourism WHITE folks to spend cash in the downtown area.

Should “Please No Blacks Allowed” signs should be put up?

Of course the Mayor will say if true or not how great this idea to bring tourism to Racine has worked and numbers will be produced to say how wildly successful the program has been, there by justifying the $$ spent and the need to continue to do so (Spend money)

Now  State Law allows for this:  “In 1997, the legislature authorized municipalities capable of qualifying as “premier resort areas” to impose a 0.5 percent sales tax. Wis. Stat. sec. 77.994. A municipality, by a two-thirds vote of the members of the governing body who are present when the vote is taken, may declare itself a premier resort area by enacting an ordinance or resolution if at least 40 percent of the equalized assessed value of taxable property within the municipality is used by tourism-related retailers. Wis. Stat. sec. 66.1113(2)(a). The definition of “Tourism-related retailers” lists twenty-one classifications of retail businesses including: variety stores; miscellaneous general merchandise stores; retail bakeries; gasoline service stations; eating places; drinking places; drug stores and proprietary stores; liquor stores; hotels and motels; and public golf courses.”

 

And part of the Marketing effort of Racine as a tourist destination words that I recall the Mayor has used to describe Racine  is to do exactly this

The law also said : “However, the tax proceeds may only be used to pay for public infrastructure expenses within the premier resort area’s jurisdiction. Wis. Stat sec. 66.1113(2)(d).”

Gee this sure would go along ways to help pay for Bike Trails and Foot Bridges for Root Works. Might even go to help pay for other parts needed for RootWorks like buying Marina’s in tax issues then creating a Mall on the river.

This speculation on my part goes to explain the need for the Mayor John Dickert Network and the push on RootWorks.

At least I own some Domains I can make Bank on, buy now! Price will only go up!

 

You might want to call your Alderman now and express your views.

Note this:

1) No Black Owned Bars in Downtown that may scare rich whites

2)  More Bars in the Downtown for Max drinking

3) As I see it soon no more programing critical of Mayor John Dicker allowed on CAR 25!

4)  Easier ways to pay for parking

 

Now does anyone think more tourism will be coming to Racine? To do what?

 

Fred Eaton The Killer of the Owens Vally is in the House!

 

 

Fred Eaton The Killer of the Owens Vally is in the House! (Editorial)

 

 

A bit about Fred Eaton from the PBS page on the show called the West: http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/d_h/eaton.htm

Born in Los Angeles in 1856, into the prominent family that had founded Pasadena, Eaton taught himself engineering and was the superintendent of the Los Angeles City Water Company by age 19. Elected Mayor in 1898, Eaton created the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and, together with his friend and former employee William Mulholland, advanced the idea of building a gravity-fed aqueduct from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles.

The first obstacle to this plan was the brand-new federal Bureau of Reclamation, which had promised to help the farmers and ranchers of Owens Valley improve their irrigation system. Eaton pulled strings in California and even traveled to Washington to meet with advisers to the conservation-minded President Theodore Roosevelt and convince them that the Owens River would yield a greater bounty flowing from Los Angeles faucets than into Owens Valley orchards and fields. The Bureau of Reclamation project was cancelled.

Next Eaton went to the Owens Valley and began buying up water rights and land options. Never opposed to mixing public service with private gain, Eaton also purchased large parcels of Owens Valley land for himself, with the hope that he would become rich when the city of Los Angeles had to buy his land to complete the project.

and a bit more http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Eaton_Fred.html

Eaton used inside information from the Aqueduct project to enrich himself and his friends at the expense of the City of Los Angeles and other landowners. See California Water Wars for more information. Eventually, his demands became so great that they ruptured his relationship with Mulholland. Eaton wanted a million dollars for some land needed by Mulholland to build a dam reservoir. Mulholland refused to buy and relocated the dam. This relocated dam was the St. Francis Dam, which soon collapsed, killing many people.

and what happed to the Farm Land becuse of IMHO the great rip off of the Water from this area to LA?

In spite of protests from valley farmers and ranchers, Los Angeles completed the first aqueduct from the valley to Los Angeles in 1913 and filled it with reductions in irrigation and, more effectively, by diverting the lower Owens River to the aqueduct. LADWP continued to acquire land and water rights as valley farmers gave up their dead and dying crops and orchards and moved.

By 1924, Owens Lake and approximately fifty miles of the Owens River were dry. By the 1930s, Los Angeles owned approximately 95 percent of all farm and ranch land in the valley….”

From

http://www.ovcweb.org/OwensValley/Waterhistory.html

 

Here is what it looks like today once green fields now this

 

 

To the Post.

 

IMHO I think I understand the rush to get RootWorks passed as a City of Racine plan and a few wink wink nudge nudge deals going on in the City of Racine.

As I see it, Mayor Dickert needs the water deal with Waukesha just as fast as he can make this happen.  The 4-8 Million a year Racine would get would go  to pay for the Black Hole that called Racine.

This amount would be about 10% of the City budget Last year 2012 City Budget was 47,186,932

however the City said it would spend 81,729,249  Oh the games the City plays with numbers.

See Mayor John Dickert needs to find every Dime he can

Now should Waukesha go with Racine vs Milwaukee or Oak Creak it still have a long ways to go before any work get started but Mayor Dickert knows its going to be a fight to head off part of the fight was a deal made to say The Root River Council that for this groups backing for a water sales plan they (Root River Council)  would get City help in getting EPA/State of Wisconsin Grants and part of any fees Racine would get goes to fund some aspect of the Root River plan called RootWorks?

Has a “deal” been made for the backing of the Root River Council for selling the Water out of Lake Michigan? If so how much did they get for selling their soul? Guess that’s a money trail that must get followed.

Knowing that even with Walker in charge in Madison that having a State Senator/Assemblyman on his side to help get more $, State backing, and /or DNR approval for the Water sale did that motivate the games played with Voting issues in Racine and the retirement of Rep. Turner?

The Money the City of Racine get for selling  the water from Lake Michigan is just a small part of the Gold coming if we get this deal think of the land that may have to be bought/leased for the pipeline for the Water going to  Waukesha. Think of the contracts for the work think of the games that could be played in this alone! Minority set asides, training programs for youth.  The “oversight” needed money and power galore!

Oh has Racine not been sued via the NSP program for contact issues and Minority contacting issues?

Boy this whole Water sales issue if far greater then I ever thought.

The Return of a real Bad Idea KRM

As I read the RootWorks plan of of the ideas they have is for the return of the KRM toy train

From the Rootworks paper PP 16

“Support the development of the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee (KRM)
commuter rail, with a focus on the Racine-Kenosha-Chicago
connection as the next phase to enhance connectivity in the region
and locally, specifically to promote Root River Corridor business
growth.”

This is very interesting is so many ways:

KRM is dead dead dead SERTA, the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority, is dead dead dead. This group would have to be brought back by Governor Scott Walker and this is NOT going to happen.

The authors of this plan are not dumb IMHO that had to know that SERTA, is gone and unless Walker was not Governor (Wonder how many in the Root River Council/Vandewalle signed the recall..)is was not coming back. So why is this in the plan?

I understand that all the groups of power I call the Good Old Boys are all for this such as RCEDC and RAMAC.Where all about KRM After all this lets them do more studies and claim they might realy do some good see RAMAC loves RCEDC loves RAMAC and look RAMAC is all about RCEDC. Read all about it here……

Might it be so Grant funds can be looked for to help study transit ideas? I know how about the City funding the local Bus so poor folks without cars can get around the City! One would think or I do that a bus system that helped the poor be far better then a pie in the sky idea that is not coming back as long as Walker is leading Wisconsin.

Should this idea have been brought up at an public input meeting I would have asked how KRM was going to get back BUT since it was not in my hearing I could not. Thinking was it ever brought up?

Myself I like to know how much Transit Now received for KRM issues and what they spent and who they spent it on.
I do believe some folks and good old boys got Bank out of this KRM game in the day and would like to again.

Note: I called and left messages for the contacts listed on the Transit Now Web Page (6/7/12) I coould have missed a return call but I think not. Is it time maybe to take down that Web page or change contact info?

Email Time!

Email sent to:
Kyle E. Rogers
Environmental Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Copied to Supervisor Osterman Chairman of the Root River Council.

Sirs

Could you please share with me and other grants from the EPA that may be coming to Racine if/when the
Root River Redevelopment plan as written in this attachment become adapted by the City Council of Racine WI.
I had the understanding that the public input into this plan had some time yet to go. I see now that it is going to be looked at by the City Council and am unsure if I misunderstood what I read, and no longer can find the timeline on the Root River Council Web page Has something changed so the timing had to move up? Like Other Grants that could come our way?

As well please think about being on my CATV show on the Root River, Not only showing on CAR 25 here in Racine but working out the details to get it on Web based TV in Canada! A great way to get the word out about what we are doing, I am hoping to get an expert on use of Lake Water and issues of that on the show soon as well. Exciting times!

Thanks for your time

Wayne Clingman
Root River Revitalization
Head Cheer Leader

Lets see what happens Exciting times!

Mother of God The Root River Plan is a Gold Rush!

Interesting turn of events with the Root River project. What I thought was going to be a host of public meetings to near the end of 2012 then after all this public input (If you can call meetings of less then 50 with a good 25% of that number being politicians or others having a direct economic benefit for being there I.E. getting paid or could/would be paid) Then this plan going before the City Council to become the official plan (and let the Grants come in!)
with last night city council meeting comes this bombshell.
The Root River Council wants to start the processes to create the Root River Plan as an ordnance so as I see it the money for grants ect can start flowing.
The plan outline by Vandewalle the paid consultants looks nice and I hope to attach a copy here on this blog what is very interesting is if I understood what I was told was this plan be made after lots of public input. As well done as the PDF I read looks and the detail the plan offers this was made IMHO months ago maybe even last year.
When one reads the who’s who of folks involved in the planing of this I believe that this new updated Root River Plan was NOT done in a few days. So then? Why the Public Dog and Pony Show? Why the “Effort” to promote public input to a Plan all ready written?

If you read the new plan as written its calling for a lot of spending by Governmental units in Southeastern Wisconsin but wait! The City of Racine has no money we are told. The County is trying to cut back and save cash too, no way the State of Wisconsin is going to give Mayor Dickert money for Real Estate games. So then how will the cash come to Racine? My guess is that some type of agreement exists that will allow more EPA Grants to come once the Root River Plan is adopted by The Racine City Council.

Anther sigh of events moving along is the Root River Council Web page has been updated and it looks much better then it did. To me creating a more Corporate look. Some information is no longer there or has been moved such as the listing of upcoming public input meetings as a time line. Those documents would show the timeline into late this year as I recall.

Very interesting

Vandewalle and Associates

I think today I will start looking at this company to see how much they have made from the “Root River Project” and how much they stand to make.

So far my Open Records has them down for $40,000 (how much did you make last year?) be interesting to see how much more they have made or could be making. Yes its a nice Dog and Pony show they are putting on and Dog and Pony shows cost money.

Myself I like to see how Grant money is spent and who benefits from the spending of the cash.

With Vandewalle and Associates, I will be looking at:

How much they got

Billing rates

How much if anything have Vandewalle and Associates donated to Mayor John Dickert’s campaign

other local Racine races  they may have donated to

Who if anyone at  Vandewalle and Associates signed the Walker Recall

This info I will put out as a Page here or perhaps it’s own blog under another domain I own thinking the Back to the Root Domain after all I am tracing how the money flows. Perhaps like the Root River it flows to Lake Michigan there is a HUGE amount of money to be made in fresh water:

“But when it comes to slaughter
You will do your work on water,
An’ you’ll lick the bloomin’ boots of ‘im that’s got it.”

Gunga Din

Waukasha needs or so the City said Million of Gallons a day every and just for fun one could charge .25 per how much money would that bring in to a city?

How tempting might it be to …..

Maybe I need to put a steel plate in my truck…….