Why the violent headline? A 2009 campaign theme? Nah.
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Has Leavenworth Street been unmasked? You be the judge…
Jim Vokal spoke up to say that he too has never voted to raise properyt taxes in his eight years in office.
After the debate, the Daub camp sent out a release which stated:
On September 21, 2001, Jim Vokal voted for a property tax increase. The vote, on Resolution #2430, raised our mill levy by 2 percent, from 42.523 to 43.387.
Councilman Chuck Sigerson, when contacted about this, railed back saying
So, what’s going on here?
“To say that by certifying the budget, I’m voting for a tax increase is not only dishonest, it’s a blatant lie”.
As the City Clerk has pointed out, on that the City Council voted 6-0 to certify City Budget.
Mayor Fahey proposed a 1.5 increase. Council passed a budget with zero increase. Fahey put his increase back in. The issue came back to the Council the next week, and the Council was unable to over- ride the veto with Marc Kraft out of town. Vokal, Sigerson, Welch, and Thompson voted to override. Brown and Gernandt vote no.
The Council then passed the budget on a 6-0 vote, and the next week certified the tax rate to support the budget on a 7-0 vote, because state law says the Council is obligated to certify a budget and a tax rate and the city attorney recommended a positive vote.
We asked the Daub camp about this — was it just a procedural vote, and why should it, or should it not count. And better yet, What Would Hal Have Done (WWHHD)?
Brinker Harding responded to us that:
“WWHHD? (What Would Hal Have Done)- What Hal did as mayor was lower the mil levy. He did not increase taxes.”
He is getting back to us on the rest of it, and we will update.
As of yet, the Suttle camp has not responded to our request for info.
We didn’t bother asking Randy Brown, who did a swell job with the other three candidates at the debate. We’re guessing that maybe Mort Sullivan is in..a bunker somewhere?
In any case, loads of fun on this one. And what’s the answer?
Should the Council members who opposed the tax increase have voted against the budget, in principal? Did it have to be a unanimous vote to certify in the end? What happens if they dig in their heels and the vote is not certified? We would guess at some point people would stop being paid and the government would “shut down”. Is that a “who blinks first” situation?
We’re not sure of the answers on this. We will update as we get more info and invite your comments as well.
And a shout-out to the EARLY campaign going on in the Third Congressional District. A former resident of Alliance, Nebraska has moved back to Nebraska from Washington, D.C. to run against Congressman Adrian Smith in 2010.
Her name is Rebekah Davis. She’s a twenty-seven year old Indiana University and (wait for it)…Yale University grad! She got a masters degree in divinity from Yale. She had been working in D.C. up until December or so last year. And BOOM! three months after her return to Nebraska, time to run for Congress!
City Council? State Legislature? Weed Commissioner? Nope, Ms. Davis is ready to head right back to D.C., Third Districters. She even has a website (so to speak).
Let the campaign begin.