Regarding Belleville Alderman Tim Carpenter's inaccurate claims last week, let me clarify: There was no property tax hike from the city of Belleville. Carpenter would have
knowledge of this if he owned any property himself. The property tax levy of .1177 percent was approved by all voting aldermen, including Carpenter.
The sales tax increase was to replace the wheel sticker; this was enacted due to my request in the
Finance Committee to replace the wheel sticker. The wheel sticker was implemented
in response to the state's delinquency on our tax reimbursements. Of course, Carpenter offered no solutions for any these issues. Had we listened to Carpenter and Alderman Joe Hayden, the city would have missed out on more than $1.2 million in revenue for our general fund -- the fund that pays for police officers.
Also, I made the point that, depending on usage, the Ameren Power Smart Pricing plan could cost even less for citizens than the aggregation option. Again, this has always been an individual's option to participate or not.
The "green energy" option would have been about 35 cents more a month per household. I was listening to my constituents who were requesting "going green" during public participation. The question at hand is, is 35 cents a month worth it? Considering the fact that our city applies for grant money (rather than go to the taxpayers), the designation of Belleville as a "cool city" could be beneficial.
Ward 7 alderman
Candidate for mayor