Friday, October 17, 2008

~Three Council Seats Up for Election~

Believe it or not, there are other election races, the results of which will probably have more of a direct impact on your wallet than the presidential race. Please remember as you gleefully select your next President that you do not have to vote down the party line.

There are 3 council seats up for election.

Does anyone know the position of the council candidates when it comes to pursuing eminent domain over ISP’s property?

The taxpayers are on the hook for $25 million for three new firehouses. The library construction is projected to be $7.6 million.

The taxpayers are on the hook for blocks and blocks of properties on South Wood Avenue that no one seems to want.

Is it a sound idea to continue efforts to seize ISP’s property? The politically connected developer, The Morris Company, offered ISP a paltry $25 million, which was rejected by ISP. Recent court decisions indicate that juries take these matters very seriously and lowball offers are tossed aside. If Linden, through its redeveloper agent, the UCIA, proceeds with this “taking”, the amount of money we, the taxpayers, would have to pay ISP is UNKNOWN.

These “new” debts are, of course, in addition to our “old” debt, the figure for which I do not have at this moment, but I've got to imagine it’s in the tens of millions. It would sure be nice if Linden’s 2008-2009 budget was on the City website, as well as council meeting minutes and agendas. Imagine having that kind of information at your fingertips? It’s a disgrace that it’s not available on the City website in this day and age of technology.

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