Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.The results are in for the municipal elections in New Brighton. A screen shot from the Secretary of State's election web page:
-- H. L. Mencken
|Good heavens, we've been Menckened!|
If you want a free-spending, liberal city government, you should support Val Johnson for mayor and Mary Burg and Paul Jacobsen for city council. You will get a bigger government and can safely assume that your property taxes will rise, perhaps significantly, over the next two years.I stand by that prediction.
A few additional thoughts:
- For those who are jubilant at the election results, and there are rather a lot of people who feel this way, I would recommend that they attend the Truth in Taxation meeting on December 1. I'll publish more details on this meeting closer to the date. You may learn something. As an aside, it would be far better if the Truth in Taxation meeting happened a month before the election, not a month after.
- While I did support Gina Bauman for mayor, I have a lot of respect for Dave Jacobsen, a good man who did try to bring fiscal discipline to our community. I have little reason to believe his successor will be an improvement.
- It will be interesting to see what Paul Jacobsen, who was comfortably re-elected to his city council seat, does in the next session. Will he fight for fiscal discipline, or will he simply sign off on what comes down the pike? He's going to find that his vote doesn't matter very much any more, because the dynamics of the incoming council essentially guarantee that 3 of the five council members (incoming mayor Val Johnson and council members Mary Burg and Brian Strub) are going to vote the lefty, big government line. When Paul Jacobsen first came to the council, he had more conservative support, but he grew comfortable with going along with the liberals. Now that they no longer need his support, he may find his role diminished.
- Gina Bauman will remain on the council for the next two years. She won't be able to stop much of what is coming, but she can continue to offer principled opposition and document what is to come. That will be a valuable service when it comes time to evaluate the city council in the next election cycle.
- When property taxes rise, and they will now, it's going to hurt the senior citizen population in our community. My neighborhood was built in the mid-60s and there are still a few original owners in their homes on my street. I will be curious to see if some "For Sale" signs start to pop up in the next two years.