Councilor Waldack, I must say that you have, once again, shown your complete inability to look at all the implications of what this city leadership has done to we, the single family homeowner, i.e. victims of the STRP, and your idea of progress.
Many of us examined the program thoroughly from its “still dubious” inception and during that process uncovered many of the downsides which you so conveniently ignored. The latest is the discovery of the actual costs to those of us receiving “purposefully placed” sewage lift stations on our property. The county tax assessor understands the negative impact to our property’s value and has set it at up to 25 percent of the land value.
The fact that our City Council, without referendum could force this program onto the homeowners backs to the tune of thousands of dollars in assessments and fees, is in some of our minds, a criminal, albeit legal, offense and now we have a dollar amount to show the loss in value to we, the chosen recipients of the lift station, that we have to bear.
But the idea that you would challenge Mr. Inman on his reminder for people to ask the assessor for their reassessment, speaks volumes about you. You are supposed to represent all the citizens here, yet you continually to voice nothing but praise for what you and your support group have done, which has left many of the people here hung out to dry.
So, what is your intent in arguing your misunderstood views? Do you wish to cause the county assessors office to change its position to reflect your views, thereby removing this very small glimmer of hope that homeowners can at least get some tax abatement, which might at least, offset a small portion of the cost we are bearing and the knowledge that we own property so devalued by our city, that it’s probably unsellable? Please don’t.
The time for you to speak up on this was during its ill-fated conception. That is when you should have examined its fairness and possible downsides along with what you perceived as its benefits. The city could have purchased any one of the many vacant lots available and centered them on it, but instead paid Boyle Engineering for a placement map, which we now find out, wasn’t so critical after all, since they can be placed wherever they are desired.
Karen S. Glaub