To the Editor:
I don’t understand all the anger about the city council considering a lease of the water system in order to save taxpayers money.
Why would anyone in this day and age be angry because a government body is trying to explore finding funding that does not require a tax increase?
Look around, there are tax increase referendums on the ballots in other towns because their schools are broke, their cities are broke and the state has not paid their fair share. O’Fallon on the other hand is not broke.
In fact it is very much alive and fiscally sound. We are the only town growing. Both hospitals are moving here, businesses are moving here and families are moving here. In order to prepare for this growth the city worked hard to create a strategic plan that has led to a rebirth of downtown O’Fallon with new restaurants and shops.
It has led to new businesses off of Green Mount Road that generate $6 million in tax revenue a year. It has led to new home construction and property values of existing homes increasing.
This is all good news for O’Fallon residents. And even better news is the fact the city is considering a lease of the water system, which would bring in over $50 million in non-tax revenue to pay for more improvements without raising taxes.
That is not something to be angry about. It is something to jump for joy over.
Every resident should vote YES on April 7 and let the council know we are happy with how our city is doing and the work they are doing to keep our taxes low and our quality of life high.