Who’s The Boss in Racine – Mayor Cory Mason? An Oldie – but Goodie!

An oldie but a goodie from Racine Post: http://racinepost.blogspot.com/2010/06/video-mayor-dickert-stopped-for.html

A city police officer stopped Mayor John Dickert for speeding Dec. 12, 2009 in the 1200 block of North Main Street. Dickert was going 40 mph in a 30 mph zone at about 10 a.m. on a Saturday. He did not receive a ticket. There is no police report on the stop.

Video of the traffic stop, obtained with a records request to the police department, shows a brief, cordial encounter between Officer Bob Bojcic and Dickert near Jane Elementary School. Bojcic was conducting a speed wave near the school after the department received complaints about traffic.

Here’a transcript of the video:

Prior to exiting squad car:


Officer Bojcic: 1200 block of North Main (indecipherable)

Talking to Dickert: 


Dickert: Hello, boss.
Officer: (indecipherable) You’re the boss, aren’t you?
Dickert: (laughs) Not always
Officer: Not always?
Dickert: What’s going on?
Officer: Not much. We had a Speed Wave back here 40 in 30
Dickert: Oh (indecipherable) Sorry … I was going to a radio show down in Kenosha
Officer: Yeah. Because of the school over there and the crossing guard always has fits over there so we come out here to do a speed wave out here to try and slow the traffic down it’s like a race track out here, you know?
Dickert: It’s actually a good idea.
Officer: Keep it down.
Dickert: You got it.

Sgt. Martin Pavilonis, spokesman for the Racine Police Department who had watched the video, said proper procedures were handled during the stop.

It’s up to the officer’s discretion on whether a driver gets a ticket, Pavilonis said. He said it was not unusual for a stop to take about 3 minutes when the officer does not issue a ticket.

There is no set policy on an officer’s actions when they pull over an elected official like the mayor, Pavilonis said. If a police officer stops another police officer there is a policy to follow, he said, but that doesn’t apply to the mayor.

As for the mayor’s conduct, Pavilonis said he acted appropriately. “I don’t think he asserted his rank as mayor,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the case at all.”

RacinePost requested video of the traffic stop after receiving a tip that the mayor was stopped. The city promptly answered a records request and provided a DVD of the stop from an in-squad video camera with audio collected from a microphone officers carry as part of their uniform.

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Unfortunately, the video no longer exists….

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So just who’s the Boss – Mayor Cory Mason?

We have an un-elected, that is appointed Chief of Police and his Officers – overseen by an un-elected, that is appointed Police & Fire Commission, whose appointments are yours, and yours alone to make – Mayor Cory Mason. And now one of those appointed members of the Police & Fire Commission – Attorney Patrick Cafferty, is representing Racine Police Department Officers who are having legal issues because they are alleged to have been involved with potential criminal activity.  While the only charges filed, in the Stulo case – have been minor traffic tickets. *WOW*

Current Racine Police & Fire Commission Members:

 

 

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Talking Racine Panel Member Ken Lumpkin Chairs a BINGO Hall Which Hasn’t Paid Property Taxes Since 2011!

In attempting to find the answer to the question of why the Racine Equality Project shattered into disarray following the Complaint which was filed against Racine County Supervisor Monte Osterman, an investigation has discovered that at the same time (former) Racine County Supervisor  Ken Lumpkin, also a member of the Racine Equality Project, was the Chairman of the 501c-3 non-profit Northside Redevelopment Project INC., located at 1661 Douglas Avenue, also known as Flatiron Village Mall.

From the Equality Project archives:

The Racine Equality Project Files An Ethics Complaint

On June 25, 2014, The Racine Equality filed an Ethics Complaint against District 3 Racine County Supervisor Monte Osterman. Following the filing of the Complaint, Dr. Ken Yorgan had this to say:

The Racine Equality Project, in response to citizen concerns, has pursued an investigation into the activities of certain elected officials and non-elected public employees. This investigation has been done with a thorough examination of public records, including tapes and transcripts of public meetings and statements by the parties being investigated. What we have found is very revealing, often disappointing, and sometimes quite disturbing.

As a result of this investigation, and following review by independent legal counsel, a Compliant with substantial evidence has been filed with the Racine County Board of Ethics regarding certain activities by District 3 County Supervisor Monte Osterman. This is personally disappointing to me, because I was originally a supporter of Mr. Osterman when he ran for office, just over two years ago. Mr. Osterman ran and was elected following the retirement of Supervisor Diane Lange, who had served the County Board for many years with honor, integrity and courage and it is especially sad to reflect on the loss of her presence on the County Board.

The evidence that has been submitted to the Racine County Board of Ethics is factual and compelling. It is now their responsibility to review it, conduct a proper investigation, hear Mr. Osterman’s reply, and if necessary, refer the matter to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

From Journal Times:

Complaint filed against county supervisor

RACINE COUNTY — A complaint has been filed against Racine County Supervisor Monte Osterman related to the Root River redevelopment project.

The complaint alleges that Osterman did not properly disclose financial interests and that the Root River Council, of which Osterman is a member, is not a nonprofit organization like it claims.

Assistant County Corporation Counsel Michael Lanzdorf confirmed Thursday that the county received the complaint. It now goes to county’s Board of Ethics, which will first determine whether there is probable cause to continue, and if so, would hold a hearing and issue their findings, Lanzdorf said.

Osterman said he had not seen the complaint and declined comment.

The complaint was filed Wednesday by Timothy Elmer, in cooperation with the Racine Equality Project. The Equality Project is a group of local residents that has filed several other ethics complaints against local officials. Elmer said Osterman has not been transparent about his economic interests related to the RootWorks: Root River Corridor Redevelopment Plan.

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And of course, the Complaint was immediately dismissed and called frivolous – even though Monte Osterman never released any required IRS Form 990’s, as demanded by IRS Regulations, and shortly afterwards, Cory Mason’s wife, Rebecca Mason, stepped in as his Attorney and continued to provide cover for Monte Osterman and his failure to provide the required form 990’s, even though he had received tens of thousands of dollars in government grant money, much of it guided by John Dickert through the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and DNR.

Complaint against county supervisor dismissed

RACINE — A complaint filed against Racine County Supervisor Monte Osterman regarding the Root River redevelopment project was dismissed Wednesday by the county’s Board of Ethics.

The complaint alleged that Osterman did not properly disclose financial interests in the project and that the Root River Council, of which Osterman is a member, is not a nonprofit organization as it claims.

The Internal Revenue Service confirmed the organization’s nonprofit status, Assistant County Corporation Counsel Michael Lanzdorf said.

Other allegations “are either unsupported by fact sufficient to suggest an ethics violation or unrelated to the discharge of Supervisor Osterman’s official duties as a board supervisor, and thus outside the board’s scope of authority,” Lanzdorf said before the Board of Ethics’ 5-0 vote to dismiss the complaint.

The complaint was filed by Timothy Elmer in cooperation with the Racine Equality Project. The Equality Project is a group of local residents that has filed several other ethics complaints against local officials.

In addition to questioning the Root River Council’s nonprofit status, Elmer claimed Osterman stood to benefit financially from the RootWorks: Root River Corridor Redevelopment Plan.

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The Racine Equality Project turned out to be nothing but a paper tiger – led by a toothless Jim Spodick, who refused to take effective, coordinated legal action, which it had clear cause for! It was the final blow, which led to the dissolution of the emerging organization.

SO what had happened, and what went so wrong?

When the Complaint was being formulated, plans had been made for a major announcement at the Courthouse – with print and TV media present, Jim Spodick and Ken Yorgan in suits and ties, speaking to the press corps and more releases of information and statements to follow which were to be filmed by Scott Nelson. Assignments had been handed out, and everyone had their own area of responsibility. Then came the day of the Press Release concerning the Complaint being filed and the Press Conference which would follow.

And it fell flat on it’s face.

It didn’t happen.

Jim Spodick, Ken Yorgan, Scott Nelson and other members simply weren’t around…..

Two members dragged the podium down to the Courthouse – but the designated Spokespeople NEVER showed up – just a lone Journal Times Reporter.

The Office was found to be deserted –

Jim Spodick and Ken Yorgan had run away, and were nowhere to be found….

When Jim Spodick was presented with a request to obtain copies of other Racine County Officials Economic Interest Statements – he flat out refused.

What had gone wrong? What happened?

The search for answers began, and why I can’t say for sure what the answer is, because those in the know won’t reveal the answer – it is not in their best interest – I have my suspicions.

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Searching around property records, I discovered that Flatiron Village Mall, 1661 Douglas Avenue, was being operated as a BINGO Hall, poorly maintained, and had not paid the property taxes due since 2011!

 

Racine County tax records indicate that Flatiron Village Mall, 1661 Douglas Ave., hasn’t paid a singe penny of their property taxes since 2011, and is now $217,604.36 in arrears! residents in the City of Racine should be outraged!

From City of Racine tax records:

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Flatiron Village Mall is controlled  by the Northside Redevelopment Project INC, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation which has been granted a license to operate a BINGO Hall there, and is chaired by former Racine County Supervisor, and current Talking Racine Panel Member, Ken Lumpkin!

The 2017 form 990 is available by clicking on the link: 2017 Flatiron Mall 990

Highlights from the form 990:

First, that they are operating a BINGO Hall at the location to fund their operation:

Second, the list of the 5 officers of the Corporation, indicating that Ken Lumpkin is the Chairman.

Third, A “Fuzzy” Revenue and Expense statement, which indicates that they are licensed to operate a Gaming establishment – and are there volunteers – Yes or No – is left unanswered….. It IS a cash business – so ponder that for a moment…. hmmmmm,! I can “guess the rest” LOL!

Fourth – the Northside Redevelopment Project donates all it’s proceeds – whose major contributor appears to be the BINGO Hall – to the Flatiron Business & Professional Association! HAR! HAR! HAR!

Nothing to see here – except more SCAM-O-RAMA RACINE! Sheriff Schmaling needs to investigate this outrage! While City of Racine/State of Wisconsin needs to revoke it’s gaming license and Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave needs to begin the tax foreclosure process so that the property can be sold to a developer who will pay their property taxes!

Meanwhile….Root River Council was terminated at (most likely) Monte Osterman’s request – failing to file form 990’s for certain years…. with the possible assistance of Rebecca Mason….

Then, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes – reborn under Brian O’Connell! It would appear that the grant money continues to flow in….

 

And in the end – Monte Osterman got the last laugh – and he who laughs last – laughs best!

Monte – I salute you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Foxconn Lift Up SE WI or Lead to Its Collapse?

A lesson from history, as it seems to repeat. The WPA is reborn  via Foxconn, Amazon, and other large scale Corporate interests as governments borrow money to finance private ventures with the hopes of employment for the masses and a future payout so that they can maintain the status quo for grossly overpaid/compensated Bureaucrats, and those fortunate enough to be employed in taxpayer financed public/private ventures and non-profits.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA; renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. In a much smaller project, Federal Project Number One, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge, or school that was constructed by the agency. The WPA’s initial appropriation in 1935 was for $4.9 billion (about 6.7 percent of the 1935 GDP).

Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States, while developing infrastructure to support the current and future society. At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men and women, as well as youth in a separate division, the National Youth Administration. Between 1935 and 1943, when the agency was disbanded, the WPA employed 8.5 million people. Most people who needed a job were eligible for employment in some capacity. Hourly wages were typically set to the prevailing wages in each area.Full employment, which was reached in 1942 and emerged as a long-term national goal around 1944, was not the goal of the WPA; rather, it tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment.

BAU (Business As Usual) must continue at all costs – residents, environment, resources, and basic decency will not be allowed to interfere with progress.  The battle for the radical change of learning to live with less and create truly Sustainable Communities, recognizing that resources on Planet Earth are finite,  has been lost.

by Ugo Bardi

About 2,000 years ago, the Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca wrote to his friend Licilius noting that “growth is slow, but ruin is rapid”. It was an apparently obvious observation, but one of those observations that turns out to be not obvious at all if you just think a little about it.

Understanding the real message that LTG sent to us in 1972, and that it is still sending, takes a certain effort. First, you have to free your mind from the layers of legends that have accumulated around it over four decades, but that is not enough. You have to free yourself also from the common attitude that prevents us from understanding how complex systems behave. There is no fixed future for systems such as the world’s economic system, only trends. But these systems still obey physical laws: the limits of natural resources, the finiteness of the world system, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. And there are the constants of human behavior: mainly our tendency of preferring immediate satisfaction to a future one, a phenomenon known as “discounting the future.

All together, these factors push the world system to follow a well defined path. We cannot determine exactly what the future will be, but we can produce a “fan” of trajectories that show to us where the system is heading to. The original 1972 LTG study had already identified the main factors that have been dominating the behavior of the world’s economy. The combined effects of resource depletion and pollution accumulation (seen today mainly in terms of climate change) have been gradually reducing the ability of the industrial system of accumulating capital and of fuelling growth. These factors will, eventually, cause the world’s industrial and agricultural systems to start a decline that could be defined as “collapse” which, later on, will involve also the collapse of the world’s population.

Reality has been transcended by television programming and the smartphone – a phone for dumb people; which is why it is the smartphone.
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IF Foxconn could readily employ 13,000 at a minimum of $53G each, as the Politicans of WI claim, then why can’t other local private Employers?
If being paid $53G – and does that include the non-taxable fringe? – is such a great thing – then why are the halls of local government filled with Bureaucrats making $100G plus a year, Tax -free fringes well in excess of $25G, and early retirements, providing opportunities for a second double dipping career in the non-productive World of Management? The only thing Bureaucrats farm is TAXES!
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From Journal Times:

Proposal to review city positions paying over $100,000 stalls

RACINE – A proposal to review vacant high-paying city positions in hopes of finding cost-saving opportunities failed to move past the Finance and Personnel Committee on Monday.

Under the proposal, any position vacant due to retirement or resignation that typically pays more than $100,000 in salary and benefits would be reviewed by the committee and City Council before any hire, said Alderman Eric Marcus, who proposed the idea.

In some cases, he said, the responsibilities of a currently unfilled position may be divided among other employees or the committee could decide to reduce a position’s salary.

“I think it’s an opportunity to see if there is some way we can combine positions in an era of real fiscal responsibility,” Marcus said.

There are about 150 city positions that are paid, through salaries and benefits, more than $100,000 a year.

Too often, these same Bureaucrats then flee Racine County, even the State of Wisconsin, to establish residence in a State without income tax and lower property tax rates! They become tax-evading Snow-Birds! But still they demand more yearly increases while they avoid paying the taxes which fund their retirements, benefits, and increases!

Tax planning is a cornerstone of retirement planning. But by focusing on Uncle Sam, many retirees overlook the state-tax bite. States vary across the map on how they tax everything from retirement income to retail purchases. If you’re thinking of relocating, be sure to know how potential retirement destinations compare with your current state when it comes to taxes.

ERoEI for Beginners

See: http://euanmearns.com/eroei-for-beginners/

The Energy Return on Energy Invested (ERoEI or EROI) of any energy gathering system is a measure of that system’s efficiency. The concept was originally derived in ecology and has been transferred to analyse human industrial society. In today’s energy mix, hydroelectric power ± nuclear power have values > 50. At the other end of the scale, solar PV and biofuels have values <5.

It is assumed that ERoEI >5 to 7 is required for modern society to function. This marks the edge of The Net Energy Cliff and it is clear that new Green technologies designed to save humanity from CO2 may kill humanity through energy starvation instead. Fossil fuels remain comfortably away from the cliff edge but march closer to it for every year that passes.

But in the end, Industrial Civilization, predicated upon a civilization dependent upon an infinite supply of cheap petroleum, will spectacularly fail because there are limits to growth on a finite Planet.
By Gail Tverberg:

The world economy seems to be seriously ill. The problem is not overly high oil prices, but that does not rule out energy as being a major underlying problem.

Two of the symptoms of the economy’s malaise are slow wage growth and increasing wage disparity. Tariffs are being used as solutions to these issues. Radical leaders are increasingly being elected. The Bank for International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund have raised concerns about the world’s aggregate debt levels. The IMF has even suggested that a second Great Depression might be ahead if major banks should fail in the manner that Lehman Brothers did in 2008.

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The above graph courtesy of: https://beforethecollapse.com/2018/06/25/the-cost-of-civilization/

Essentially, this is the Cost of our Civilization, and it is on an exponential curvature;

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And an exponential curve works like this…… a doubling every time…… 1 to 2 to 4 to 8 to 16 to 32 to 64 to 128 to 256 to 512 to 1024…. to infinity.

Politicians LIE for a living.

Politicians have to lie, because it is their only means of support.

They justify endless wars, instill fear, demand endless tribute, and bully the productive. Their ranks multiply until they become a unstoppable swarm whose insatiable demands exceed the capacity of the productive, rapes the land, and creates societal collapse. Soon to be coming to SE WI and beyond.

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*UPDATED* – Oily Stuff Blog sends:

There Appears To Be No End To US LTO Growth

ALL OF THIS GROWTH WILL OCCUR ON DEFERRED DEBT, OR NEW DEBT. MOST, IF NOT ALL OF THIS NEW GROWTH WILL GET EXPORTED TO FOREIGN  COUNTIES. MORE LTO PRODUCTION = LOWER PRICES (now down 18% in <5 weeks),  NO PROFIT… AND WILL FURTHER REDUCE THE SHALE OIL INDUSTRY’S ABILITY TO PAY BACK DEBT OR REFINANCE DEBT AS MATURITIES LOOM.

 

While SRSrocco Reports:

The situation at Canada’s Alberta Tar Sands Operations has gone from bad to worse as the super-low oil price is now costing the industry billions of dollars each month. Unbelievably, the price for the Western Canadian Select heavy oil fell to a gut-wrenching $14.65 yesterday down from a high of $58 in May. Tar sands oil is now selling at an amazing $40 discount to U.S. West Texas Oil which is trading at $56.

In a recent article from EnergySkeptic.com titled, Why tar sands, a toxic ecosystem-destroying asphalt, can’t fill in for declining conventional oil, a review of the book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, stated the following four important points:

Many “energy experts” have said that a Manhattan tar sands project could prevent oil decline in the future. But that’s not likely. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Reaching 5 Mb/d will get increasingly (energy) expensive, because there’s only enough natural gas to mine 29% of tar sands (and limited water as well). Using the energy of the tar sand bitumen itself would greatly reduce the amount that could be produced and dramatically increase the cost and energy to mine it.
  2. Since there isn’t enough natural gas, many hope that nuclear reactors will replace natural gas. That would take a lot of time. Kjell Aleklett estimates it would take at least 7 years before a candu nuclear reactor could be built, and the Canadian Parliament estimates it would take 20 nuclear reactors to replace natural gas as a fuel source.
  3. Mined oil sands have been estimated to have an energy returned on invested of EROI of 5.5–6 for mined tar sands (perhaps 10% of the 170 billion barrels), with in situ processing much lower at 3.5–4 (Brandt 2013). Right now, 90% of the reserves being developed are via higher-EROI mining, yet 80% of remaining oil sands reserves are in situ, so the remaining reserves will be much less profitable.
  4. Counting on tar sands to replace declining conventional oil, with an EROI as high as 30 will be hard to accomplish, especially if it turns out to be the case that an EROI of 7 to 14 is required to maintain civilization as we know it (Lambert et al. 2014; Murphy 2011; Mearns 2008; Weissbach et al. 2013)

I believe the biggest problem with the sustainability of tar sands if we ignore the nasty environmental issues, is the low EROI – Energy Returned On Invested.  As point (4) states, a minimum of 7-14 EROI is needed to maintain civilization.  However, I believe the realistic range of a minimum EROI to sustain our modern societies is likely 10-12 EROI.  So, shale oil at an EROI of 5/1 or less (probably much less) and tar sands at 4-6/1, these are not sustainable energy sources.

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Impoverishing the masses is merely conservation by other means.

Wisconsin Economic Growth Still Lags Behind Illinois

Incredible as it seems…

From Econobrowser: http://econbrowser.com/archives/2018/10/wisconsin-and-her-neighbors-coincident-indices

Cumulative growth in Wisconsin since 2017M01 lags Illinois, according to estimates released today. And the 2018M09 Wisconsin index is below peak (nobody else in the region is).

Figure 1: Coincident indices for MN (blue), WI (red), IA (green), IL (black), IN (pink), and OH (purple), in logs, normalized to 2017M01=0. Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and author’s calculations.

For a comparison using employment, see this post.

If you play your cards right… and sleep with the Right People….

You too can join the Corrupted Political Elite of SE WI and be Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich!

City of Racine Plans to Add $3,500,000 in Debt to Clean Up the Cory Mason/John Dickert Machinery Row Debacle

The current status of Machinery Row – not  quite as Proposed by Mayor Cory Mason or former Mayor – Lying John Dickert:

The spectacularly failed Machinery Row Project, which now lies in ruins, will continue to add to the tax burden of residents as Mayor Cory Mason plans to borrow $3.5 M to clean up the site.

From the Minutes of the 10/8/18 Finance and Personnel Committee Meeting:

Link: https://cityofracine.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=27511&GUID=034407D9-B6F7-498A-B810-18C7A941ABDA

The cost for taxpayers borrowing $3,500,000 will be $635,201, for a total of $4,135,201:

The damage to taxpayers will be long lasting – and while Mayor Cory Mason can crow about lowering debt service from 32% to 31% for fiscal year 2019, mainly due to the 2019 budget increasing from $81,583,209 (2018) to $82,032499, (2019) the 2019 projected budgeted amount of debt service, $18,371,226, is scheduled to steadily rise in the future. Most alarming is that Baird Financial Services projects that the City, in conjunction with refunding $10,245,000 in General Obligation debt, will need to borrow $51,905,000 in 2019!

From the accompanying BAIRD Financial Services Disclosure:

WRS = Wisconsin Retirement System – The implication is that the City of Racine is so broke, it is borrowing money to pay it’s share into the pension funds of it’s retirees!

The Baird Financial document shows that under the current path of the Cory Mason Administration, future borrowing and debt service is contigent upon City of Racine  borrowing $51,905,000 in 2019!

Close UP!

How does this end well for City of Racine Taxpayers, the proletariat, untermenschen , disabled, or disenfranchised? NOT WELL….

Just ask City of Chicago Resident Fred Hampton Jr. :

430% Property Tax Hike Drives ‘Black Panther’ Leader’s Chicago Home Into Foreclosure

Cook County says the Maywood boyhood home of Illinois Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton is worth $141,920.

Its tax bill: $8,430, or an effective property tax rate of about six percent

Property tax rates that high– more than five times the national average– have become standard in inner-ring Chicago suburbs like Maywood. But the $700 per month tax bill has proven too rich for Hampton’s son, Fred Hampton, Jr.

He’s asking for donations to help him stop the County from auctioning off the home next Tuesday.

The tax bill at 804 S. 17th Avenue spiked more than 400 percent this year, to more than $8,000 from just $1,919. That’s after its previous owner, Hampton’s uncle, Bill, died and the property lost three tax exemptions, including one that freezes tax bills for seniors, according to the Cook County Treasurer.

Hampton, Jr., who in 1993, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for throwing a Molotov cocktail into a Korean-owned clothing store in Englewood (he was paroled in 2001), told the Chicago Sun-Times he “doesn’t know” how he fell behind on payments for the home.

He is president of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, which has called for an end to capitalism and for white Americans to “take responsibility for the fact that white society rests on the pedestal of the oppression of African people” and pay reparations to black Americans for their “stolen wealth.”

It hosts a web site where whites can pay reparations with a credit card, presumably to be distributed by Uhuru movement leaders.

Oak Park-River Forest High School teacher and Illinois socialist party leader Anthony Clark has started a “Comrades for Fred Hampton Home” GoFundMe page with a goal of $70,000. As of 9:30 p.m. on Wed. Oct 17, 80 contributors had donated a total of $2,832.

Hampton, Sr. was killed in a controversial Chicago police raid of Black Panther headquarters in 1969.

So what should Residents do with the seemingly uncountable Politicians in SE WI?

It is long past time to stop the madness of Fat-cat Baby Boomers gone wild and demanding (and receiving) never – ending increases in salaries, fringes, and retirements – at the expense of the Community – which they then claim is too expensive to live in – (often) move out of – and avoid paying their fair share by fleeing to States with lower tax rates!

Taxpayers need to stand up to Blue – Fisting Bully Racine Mayor Cory Mason and Just say NO!

Only Taxpayers BLEED! Red INK! And are forced to pay at the barrel of a gun – or else being beaten and cheated by the criminals who rule City of Racine!

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Tax and Spend Racine Mayor Cory Mason Proposes to Increase the Mayors Office From 3 Positions to 5! Will the Common Council Defend Taxpayers and Just Say NO!?

As incredible as it seems, in former Democrat Mayor John Dickert’s Broke-Down City of Ill Repute, which was so broke he had to break down and beg Non-Profits to send in donations – newly elected Democrat Mayor Cory Mason proposes increasing the City Administration Staff from 3 positions to 5 positions – while nearly doubling the cost in salaries and benefits to taxpayers!

Concerned and Over-taxed Residents can view the City of Racine 2019 Budget by clicking on the link: 2019 Proposed Budget

Tax and Spend Mayor Cory Mason plans to add 2 positions to the Mayor’s Office – a Communications Coordinator, and a  Strategic Initiatives/Community Partnerships Office! At an additional cost of $266,845!

From the proposed 2019 budget, pages 22 and 25:

It seems unbelievable – but it is true! The Mayor’s Office doesn’t need 5 positions – at best it requires 2! What the Common Council needs to do is reject Mayor Cory Mason’s outrageous budget proposal and eliminate 3 positions; restricting the Office to 2 positions! They can choose from  Titles – Administrator, Mayor and Assistant – only TWO are required to efficiently operate a City like Racine. But since the overstaffed Mayor’s Office has become accustomed to 3 positions, for this budget, the Common Council should amend the 2019 budget to retain the existing 3 positions and plan to eliminate another position in the next budget.

Since it is now obvious that Racine Mayor Cory Mason can’t handle the job he was elected to do – without a bloated staff – WHY DID HE RUN FOR THE OFFICE OF MAYOR? It appears to be just a ploy so he could hire family and friends into high paying positions with a huge taxpayer funded tax-free benefit package with functionally meaningless jobs with impressive titles.

Ask Racine Mayor Cory Mason – Why did you run for Mayor if you couldn’t handle the job?

The City of Racine DOES NOT NEED a BLOATED and Unnecessary staff of 5 persons collecting taxpayer $$$, bennies & pensions in the Mayor’s Office!

Truth be told – when a City has both an Administrator and a Mayor – the Mayor’s position is superfluous and he acts mainly as a figurehead – an unnecessary expense who extends a welcome mat to visitors and dignitaries. Racine Mayor Cory Mason and his hiring spree with a bloated staff are an UNNECESSARY EXPENSE!

The scope of statutory authority allotted to the Mayor’s Office is VERY limited! 

From page 21 of Cory Mason’s proposed 2019 budget; the function of the Mayor’s Office is very limited:

 

That’s it! The Mayor does NOT need a Communications Coordinator, and a  Strategic Initiatives/Community Partnerships Office! Especially at an additional cost of $266,845! If Cory Mason wants to step outside the bounds of his statutory duties and authority, then he needs to fund those activities out of his own pocket, NOT the taxpayers of Racine!

Further, if Cory Mason can’t handle, or is incompetent, to wield the elective position he campaigned for, then Cory Mason shouldn’t have run for that position in the first place! It is time for Racine Taxpayers to demand that the Common Council, in the future, pare the Mayor’s Office to 2 positions and choose to either have an Administrator or Mayor, with an Assistant. PERIOD!

In addition to being Racine’s biggest tax and spend Mayor, Racine Mayor Cory Mason and Municipal Judge Rebecca Mason refuse to pay their fair share of the property taxes, which they expect to spend and profit from! And how has the value of their Lakefront Property, purchased by the Mason’s in 2018 from Robert H. Lehner II, Father of Benjamin Lehner, who is employed by City of Racine Housing & Community Development as a Community Development Program Specialist and close personal friend of Cory’s from the Root River Council,  decreased in assessed value by nearly $400,000 from 2013 to 2019? IT’S A MYSTERY!

See the post: https://arrestrecordsofracinewipublicofficials.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/lifestyles-of-racines-rich-famous-politically-connected/

Who else in City of Racine has seen the assessed value of their Lakefront property drop by 50% since 2013? Besides former owner and politically connected Robert H. Lehner II, Father of Benjamin Lehner, who is employed by City of Racine Housing & Community Development as a Community Development Program Specialist ? The home now owned by Mayor Cory Mason and Municipal Judge Rebecca Mason? More SCAM – O – RAMA Racine!

Concerned City of Racine Residents need to demand that Racine City Tax Assessor Bill Bowers  provide the same favor he performed for Robert H. Lehner II, Father of City Employee Benjamin Lehner, and drop their 2019 assessed value to 50% of it’s 2013 assessed value!

Cory and Rebecca Mason plan to live *LARGE off of unsuspecting Racine taxpayers who they expect to fund their lavish Brooklyn, NY lifestyle! The Racine Common Council needs to stand up for the Residents and tell Cory NO! To a bloated Mayor’s Office! While the City Assessor needs to accurately assess their Lakefront Mansion so that they pay their fair share of the Cities expenses! They need to stop cheating and taxing Residents out of their homes and businesses.

 

City of Racine 2017 Audited Financial Statement Reports RDA Lost Over $7,000,000 in 2017!

City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason Continues on With Former Mayor John Dickert’s Tradition of Looting a City Of Ill Repute! That Blue Fist is the Power of Extortion – Being Shoved up Residents Azz’s Via Onerous and Excessive Confiscatory Taxes and Fees to Fund the Lifestyles of Racine’s Rich & Famous!

See the Post: https://arrestrecordsofracinewipublicofficials.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/lifestyles-of-racines-rich-famous-politically-connected/

City of Racine Taxpayers who feel the burn that the ever increasing property taxes and fees imposed by City of Racine Mayors and Alderpersons are becomingly more and more onerous and out of line with the Consumer Price Index, aren’t just imagining that burning feeling – it is real, as the 2017 Audited Financial Statement reveals.

The 2017 Audited Financial Statement is available here:     https://www.cityofracine.org/Finance/AuditedFinancialStatements/

From the 2017 Audited Financial Statement, Page 65:

It is just Business as Usual in City of Racine, as the unaccountable Racine Development Authority lost $7,304,144 in TID collections, and passed that cost on to Residential taxpayers – with NO  repayment schedule required – since the Residential taxpayers are on the hook and going to pay – through extortion – aka onerous property taxes, by any other name….

From the 2017 Audited Financial Statement:

Former Mayor John Dickerts much bally-hooed Tid 18 – Machinery Row was the loss leader – costing taxpayers nearly $7,000,000 – not counting the destruction ,clean up costs and planning time wasted by the RDA in concocting yet another failed plan for the criminally led City of Racine:

Watch as John Dickert and Cory Mason announce the *FAILED* $65M Machinery Row Project:

Mayor John Dickert speaks during a press conference Tuesday, June 10, 2014 announcing a commercial-residential project that will start at $65 million./Video by Scott Anderson scott.anderson@journaltimes.com

Well, well, the spectacularly *FAILED* Machinery Row  Project might actually COST taxpayers $65M when it is all done and settled…. instead of attracting constructive and productive development. Residential Taxpayers will *NEVER* see any tax relief in criminally led Mayor Cory Mason’s Blue Fist Collective!

Machinery Row – TID 18 – as Promised:

Machinery Row as Delivered:

Meanwhile, Former Mayor John Dickert’s bestest personal friend – Micah Waters – continues to hold onto the former Porter’s Property while refusing to pay the property taxes due and shifting that burden to the much beleagured Residential Taxpayers living in City of Racine. City Officials plan on Residents being deaf, dumb, and blind – and they are correct!

As Promised by John Dickert and BFF Micah Waters!

Micah Waters and John Dickert – BFF

 

As Delivered:

 

HEY Long – Beleaguered Taxpayers living in City of Racine – Stay in Line and Don’t ask any Pesky Questions!

OR ELSE!

After all, the Mayor of Racine has large costs and expenses…

Don’t Stop Believing’