On Wednesday Belleville's Crime Free Housing Committee met for the first time since the program got its start in November. They shared stats, including making 12 evictions, certifying 85 percent of the landlords and getting well underway at a cost of $100,538.
Then Ward 1 Alderman Ken Kinsella and committee member Patty Herr started discussing whether the annual fee of $25 per rental unit could be cut. It generated $166,725.
Good conversation. We hope the cut happens, but we're thrilled that our civic leaders are focusing on taking as little as possible from taxpayers instead of on how they can get more and spend it.
Government leaders should regularly review costs and efficiencies and give back what they don't need. Instead of seeing our taxpayers bleeding from a thousand cuts, it is good to get the occasional band-aid.