DECEPTION, ABUSE & 2.4% OF CEDAR RAPIDS BUDGETS EQUALS $180 MILLION  LOST INCREASE!!

10-27-13 D

Greetings, Gazette Editorial Board and alló

C. R. Mayor Corbett & his deceptive tax and spend pals will love the 458 square inches (at least $2,750 at ad rates) of pro tax deception in the 10-27-13 Sunday Gazette.   Your graphic 7 inch diameter penny,  on the top of page 9A, was used to disguise a $300 million sales tax increaseówithout mention of any abuse or waste.  Why wonít you ask the Iowa Department of Revenue--and tell folks it is a $300 million sales tax increase??  It is obvious why folks canít, and donít, trust the Gazette or City Hall!!

C. R. City Hall abused folks with extravagantly high (over $700) search and copy costs--and obfuscation of what data would actually be delivered, when they tried to find out how much LOST, and other flood money, ended up in the hands of:   Chuck Swore, James Ernst, Cedar Rapids Chamber, Four Oaks Inc., Brown Apartments, Liz Mathis and many other businesses, non profits and individuals!  Why wonít the Gazette go after those numbers??  Would the Shadows object??

Must Iowalive net workers research and determine the amounts and integrity scores for the money the above obtained--as a result of their influence and Gazette bias?

Your pro tax editorials and news reporting bias deviously assumes, but fails to show, there is no waste in Cedar Rapids, or that Corbett and his pals can be trusted to ADD $180 million LOST tax dollars TO EXISTING BUDGETS FOR FIXING STREETS.  HOW COME?  Did you notice they never said they would add it to existing budgets, so they can play their shell game??!!

Cedar Rapids will get $180 million of the $300 million LOST increase to waste, just as Corbett and his pals will waste $1.7 Billion in 10 years, without the LOST,  if they remain in office, as shown in the following table. 

Numbers in the table show the waste Cedar Rapids taxpayers face, if not curtailed.    The LOST would raise the $1.7 Billion General Fund waste by about 60% of $180 million, ($108 million) to at least $1.8 Billion!!

THERE IS NO NEED FOR A $180 MILLION SALES TAX INCREASE FOR CEDAR RAPIDS

REDUCING THE CEDAR RAPIDS GENERAL FUND BUDGET BY ONLY 2.4% FOR 10 YEARS EQUALS THE $180 MILLION AMOUNT OF THE LOST  TAX INCREASE FOR THE CITY.  AND THERE IS $111 MILLION WASTE TO CUT IN CAPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS AS WELL.  THERE IS NO NEED FOR A LOST TAX INCREASE FOR CEDAR RAPIDS.  SOURCE:  IA Dept. of Revenue and Iowalive

Capital Infrastructure Improvements

FY 2010

FY 2011

FY 2012

FY 2013 Adopted

FY 2014

% AVERAGE OPERATING EFFICIENCY, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

TOTAL WASTED IN 5 YEARS

Actual

Actual

Actual

Budget

Budget

Traffic Improvements

925,519

2,884,346

870,115

1,537,000

1,389,350

60%

$3,042,532

Street Improvements

13,276,568

19,121,881

15,400,633

14,666,092

20,503,278

54%

$38,165,488

Storm Sewer Improvements

1,877,477

3,058,106

1,660,753

500,000

500,000

50%

$3,798,168

Bridge Improvements

2,844,444

1,803,127

1,702,532

500,000

885,577

47%

$4,099,910

Trail Improvements

369,377

432,172

159,655

50,000

1,328,000

40%

$1,403,522

Total Capital Infrastructure & Wasted In 5 Years

19,293,385

27,299,632

19,793,688

17,253,092

24,606,205

53%

$50,509,621

ESTIMATED TOTAL CAPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE WASTED IN 10 YEARS, COMPARED TO $180 MILLION SALES TAX INCREASE

$111,121,166

Total Cedar Rapids General Fund Expenditures & Projected $ Wasted In 10 Years

459,622,081

628,107,954

501,547,559

646,392,786

547,335,097

39%

$1,697,633,341

TOTAL 10 YEAR LOST TAX FOR CEDAR RAPIDS ALONE

 

 

 

$180,000,000

TOTAL 10 YEAR LOST TAX PERCENT OF TOTAL 5 YEAR CEDAR RAPIDS MONEY WASTED

10.6%

TEN YEAR LOST TAX PERCENT OF TOTAL 5 YEAR CEDAR RAPIDS GENERAL FUND BUDGETS

6.4%

TEN YEAR LOST TAX PERCENT OF ESTIMATED TOTAL 10 YEAR CEDAR RAPIDS GENERAL FUND BUDGETS

2.4%

ANYONE CLAIMING TO HAVE BETTER NUMBERS IS ASKED TO PROVIDE THEM

WILL A GAZETTE EDITORIAL, OR  MAYOR CORBETT, CLAIM THERE IS NO WASTE IN CEDAR RAPIDS AND THAT CORBETT AND HIS PALS WILL ACTUALLY AND HONESTLY SPEND $180 MILLION ADDITIONAL LOST TAX DOLLARS TO FIX STREETS?

Operating Efficiency Derivation Methods are Posted on Website: http://www.iowalive.net/deriveopeff.htm  

 

 

Sincerely,

Iowalive   A rowing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa