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!
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.