All City of Racine residents should be as fortunate as Mayor Cory Mason and Municipal Judge Rebecca Mason, who purchased a Lakefront home at 3907 Lighthouse Drive for a steep discount from the (politically connected) owner who benefited, over time, at seeing his property assessment drop by HALF – from a high of $800,000 in 2008, to a new low of $440,000 in 2018!
The former owner is Robert H. Lehner II. Meanwhile, there is a much younger Benjamin Lehner, who is employed by City of Racine Housing & Community Development as a Community Development Program Specialist –
Ben was also a member of Monte Osterman’s questionably legal Root River Council Inc., as was then Representative Cory Mason. When a request was made, in accordance with IRS regulations, to view the Root River Council’s form 990, Monte Osterman refused to comply, because the Organization had failed to properly complete the registration process and was not filing 990’s – despite receiving tens of thousands of $$$ in grants from DNR, DOA Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and others. When an Ethics Complaint was filed – it was immediately dismissed, and Monte Osterman directed any further requests to view the Form 990 to his Attorney, Rebecca Mason. According to IRS records, the Root River Council was TERMINATED as an Organization in 2013. Miraculously, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, it was re-born under former City Development Director and current RUSD Board member Brian O’connell in 2016!
What a Tangled Web They Weave!
Clearly, Lakefront property values are in steep decline, as the $440,000 sale price evidences:
The City of Racine Assessor even certified that the discounted sale is usable as an Arms Length Sale!
While on the City’s front screen, the current property assessment information is 2 years out of date!
Just a quaint little Home on Lake Michigan!
Courtesy Bing Maps
Has City of Racine morphed into a criminal enterprise?
“Politics” is power used by social organisms to control others. Not only are human groups never alone, they cannot control their neighbors’ behavior. Each group must confront the real possibility that its neighbors will grow its numbers and attempt to take resources from them. Therefore, the best political tactic for groups to survive in such a milieu is not to live in ecological balance with slow growth, but to grow rapidly and be able to fend off and take resources from others.
Overshoot Loop – Jay Hanson
… in the first place, I put forth a general inclination of all mankind a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death. — Thomas Hobbes, LEVIATHAN