New Directions: Looking to the Future
For almost 5 years Brown County
debated plans for police and first responders to communicate
with each other. Finally, Brown accepted a plan from Motorola
that seems flawed from the start. Brown will pay over 10
million to set it up.
Dallas, Texas put their plan in place for less than 2 million,
with more people and much more geography. Towns and villages
in Brown will have to buy all new equipment. Meanwhile Detroit
put their plan in place for less than 2 million, with many
language and diversity issues. Even Bentonville, Arkansas
put their plan in place for less than one million. All of
them conformed to federal requirements.
What was the difference? These and other cities used
equipment from a company called Codespear, based out of
Chicago and featured, by the way, on Public
TV coverage of the topic. The equipment simply translates
in both directions, leaving everyone to use the hardware
that works for them.
Brown County knew of this, yet never pursued it. Why pay
ten times the amount in taxpayer money to Motorola? What
is the answer?
Millions out the window while the County Board squabbles
over $30,000 for supervisor legal costs? Special thanks
are due to the Brown County Taxpayers Association for its
hard work on this issue.
Brown County Sales Tax?
the proposal of a county tax of .5% was brought forward,
to fund revisions to Lambeau Field, both Brown County and
Packer officials, speaking for their respective organizations,
gave solemn promises to County residents that they
would NOT ask for extensions once the initial funding was
paid off. The Brown County referendum passed at least in
part because of these assurances made to the voters and
Retailers and businesses of Brown County have made a large
sacrifice, watching folks drive to other counties to save,
particularly on major purchases. This loss in revenue was
to be temporary, paid by everyone for a finite period.
Somehow this has all changed. With selective amnesia,
no one speaks of these commitments, and plans are in the
works both locally and at the state level to keep the Brown
County .5% sales tax in place and broadly expand its use
for county and promotional purposes. The Packers are already
using some of these funds for administrative costs, which
would seem to be in contrast of the original ground rules.
This stealth movement to retain the tax should be
halted. Should not this tax come before the voters as a
referendum, since it is their money? The tax burden on Brown
County businesses and residents is already extreme, and
the current economy makes it even tougher.
extraordinary hikes in solid waste costs and tipping
fees can be traced directly to the discredited Tri-County
Agreement, the centerpiece of the Nusbaum administration.
Brown County is locked into hauling all of its solid waste
to Oshkosh, at almost $4.00 per gallon for fuel. In the
process, large trucks, overweight and relying on overweight
permits, are chewing up County roads. AND, they drive past
a perfectly good, new landfill site that the County paid
for, as well as paying for the permits to make it usable.
The Tri-County Agreement is for 25 years, with a roll-over
for another 25 years built in.
Who is standing up for Brown County residents and businesses?
Yes, this is Nusbaum's Folly, with blame to be shared
by many of the County Board Supervisors and department heads.
Yes, it is difficult to revise, but not impossible. The
terms of exiting are spelled out. Another get-rich-scheme
by county officials gone awry? Tipping fees, the cost for
garbage going to the Transfer Station, will continue to
rise. Shouldn't action be taken to prevent this excessive
burden on our local businesses?
goal, as Republicans, is to look to the future and craft
it as best we can, in line with solid Republican values.
The fundamental question is: "What kind of County do
we want?" Do we want the area to be a solid American
county, with the lifestyles and opportunities that implies,
or do we want it to be the Las Vegas of the Midwest, which
that implies? Or do we want something else?
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