City should care about people

April 21, 2013 

At an East St. Louis council meeting in February it was announced that the city received approval to hire five additional police officers with TIF money not to exceed $500,000. The Board of Elections cost more than $600,000 a year.

Our elected leaders along with the St. Clair County Democratic Club could have easily allowed the Board of Elections to transition into St. Clair County for the city to hire the five additional officers. The county contribution of more than $100,000 could have been used for police vehicles or equipment.

The St. Clair County Democratic Club along with the mayor and council care nothing about providing citizens with a clean and safe city. It is obvious they are more interested in using the taxpayers' money to keep getting them elected into city, county and state government. The city has to appear so deprived that government grants and federal dollars must be provided. This strategy provides them with access to the taxpayers' dollars to support their habits of employment.

The Board of Elections is now located inside City Hall with a price tag to the city and residents of approximately $300,000. Although this is enough to hire three additional police officers to bring the total of eight, they chose to pick the taxpayers' pockets by assessing a monthly sewer fee and mandating a $50 alarm permit fee, and a $100 annual fee for all non-profit organizations, which includes all churches.

Dorothy Joshway

East St. Louis

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