May 28, 2013 Morrison City Council held there regular meeting. Harvey Zuidema was sworn in as Ward 2 Alderman. In attendance were Eizenga, Blean, Zuidema, Bender, Wood, Helms, Connelly. Sullivan was absent. Chief Melton, Mayor Pannier, Clerk Schroeder, Public Works Director Tresenriter, Attorney Zollinger, Treasurer Haag, and Engineer Gronewold were also present.
Mayor Pannier read a proclamation making June 8-9, 2013 as American Cancer Society Relay for Life Day of Whiteside County. He also announced that staff decided that Gary Tresenriter would be the City Administer Pro Tem until a full time person is hired for the position. It is believed it will save the city money and time (not having to train two different people) by doing it this way. The revised contract with the Library will be coming back to the council AFTER it is approved by the Library Board.
Ordinance #13-1 Amending Open Burning for the C-1 Business District was passed. Campfires or recreational fires are expressly prohibited within the territory of the C1 Central Business District. If you are not sure if your property is affected, please contact city hall for the map of the restricted area.
The revised scope of work for the Market Street Parking Lot and the Engineering agreement with Fehr Graham was approved. (We should not have to bring in any more gravel since about 20 feet of gravel is already there.)
Other items brought up were: I asked about the street sweeper, since there is so much stuff coming off the trees plugging the storm drain covers…Gary said they will start next week and be doing the entire town which takes about a month. The water tower will be taken out of service Aug 1 to be cleaned….long overdue. Gary said there will be some work requested for Well # 4 at the next meeting.
Mayor Pannier said there will be a presentation by Baxter and Woodman on the Waste Water Treatment Plant at our next meeting. He also thanked CA Wise for his help. Pannier is also in contact with Mediacom to solve the issue of not being able to show the city council meeting on Channel 18. He would like to have a Council Budget 101 meeting so that all aldermen understand how a budget is made and followed—the aldermen were in agreement—it will have to be a public meeting but will be more of a training session.
The meeting lasted 22 minutes. It was great to have a short meeting, be informed, and look to the future! Next meeting for Morrison City Council will be June 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Please come and be a part of your city. See you there.
A Morrison Taxpayer
Three Fiscal Topics:
1) Governing bodies’ board members should not be spouses or close relatives of those who work for the city, county, or any other governing body. There is a big conflict of interest when voting on pay, pensions, etc.
2) Illinois pension debt is the biggest thing that will break Illinois. A year ago it was stated to be $85 billion. Now it is over $100 billion. In fact, it is really over $200 billion. (I.P.I.) The proposed bandages in the Illinois legislature will not work! Tax Payers United of America (TUA) and Illinois Policy Institute (look it up) have the best ideas. Have government employees pay in 10% or 15% instead of just 3% - and move full benefits to age 67.
Also, all new employees must use the 401K and Social Security systems. That is the way the private sector is going, and therefore, that is the way government bodies should go. We pay them well and we have to get this monkey off our back or Illinois is doomed.
Like in a Readers Digest article I read 30 years ago, a retired judge wrote, “It is not the big pay that will ruin the country; it is the pensions!” The Democrats’ own hero, President Roosevelt, said that there should be no public unions, and we can now see he was right.
Six cities in Michigan are bankrupt. The state will take them over. Then all of the government pensions will be cut. Illinois is next unless most of our politicians quit catering to the public union for re-election. However, they should set an example first.
3) Beware of the quote, “Vote for this Referendum, and your taxes will not go up a dime – and may even go down.”
Here’s how it works: Pass a new bond as an old bond is paid off ~ thus the quote. They don’t emphasize the point that your real estate taxes will go down substantially if they just pay off the old bond.
Last side note. America is done for when the IRS targets Tea Party Conservatives and people that use words like, Constitutional, Patriot, We the people, and Bill of Rights.
Stephenson County Tea Party
U.S. Senate Short-Circuits The Constitution On Taxes, Again
By Dr. Harold Pease
The Constitution is exceptionally clear on the origin of all taxes. “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives,” not the Senate (Article I, Sec. 7). When is the House going to protect its powers from the Senate’s intrusive attempts to steal its power? Recently the Senate passed the “Marketplace Fairness Act” by a vote of 69-27, an Internet sales tax, giving states the authority to require online retailers, with no physical presence in those states, to collect sales taxes. Americans will pay more taxes with this bill than without. It is a bill for raising revenue and it did not originate in the House as mandated by the Constitution.
To put the Senate in its constitutional place the House should never take this bill up. Instead, if they feel such legislation is needful, they should originate their own bill after which invite the Senate to take a new bill through the committee process and to the floor once again. I might also suggest not doing so for a year or two just to make the message stronger. “You are infringing on our constitutional jurisdiction.” If the Senate will not do so, the House should consider the bill non-existent. Under no circumstances should they accept this bill as appropriate action on the part of their sister law-making body. Retailers, on the other hand, should refuse to pay this tax and challenge it in the courts on the constitutional grounds cited above.
Unfortunately, this is becoming a practice on the part of the U.S. Senate. Yet another infringing piece of legislation has also just passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 13-5 vote, the so-called “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, S.744, obviously originating therein. The Heritage Foundation estimates that this bill will cost taxpayers a net $6.3 trillion above what illegals contribute through taxes over the next 50 years providing benefits for millions now living in the United States. There may be debate over the numbers but what is clear is that the bill did not originate in the House of Representatives as constitutionally required and that Americans will pay more taxes with this bill than without it. Therefore it constitutes an unconstitutional tax.
The worst of all such recent intrusive taxes was “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” known as Obamacare, also originated in the Senate, not in the House as constitutionally required. Weeks ago I wrote of the extensive efforts on the part of the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, to cover this up following the judicial decree of Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. proclaiming it a tax when the administration had argued otherwise. The establishment media should have been all over this story and was not. Obamacare may be the only revenue-raising bill in American history originated and processed by the Senate alone. Nothing could be more unconstitutional!!
So why does this matter, a tax is a tax? For thousands of years governments taxed their citizens with no limits. Rulers lived lavishly off the wealth extracted from their poor subjects with little or no mercy toward them—lavish physical structures and frivolous wars of conquest were too often the norm. The Founders wisely took this power from the rich and gave it to the poor by requiring that the poor, then the majority, had to consent to any taxation over them. The power to tax is the only constitutional power exclusively given to the masses. The House of Representatives was the only branch of government designed to actually represent them as it is based upon population. The Senate was to represent the states, the people only indirectly.
As far as I know the United States is the first, possibly the only, country in world history that puts its tax base with the masses who pay the taxes. It is a priceless freedom. If we are over-taxed in the United States we have chosen to be so and one body alone is responsible—The House of Representatives. No tax can constitutionally originate with the President or the Supreme Court, (even if Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. says that it is okay), not even the Senate, although it can modify as on other bills once originated by the House. The House is also in charge of spending. We must not let this freedom dwindle or allow the line between the two legislative branches to be blurred into oblivion.
By letting “origin” slide in these three matters, the House looses its clear distinction on the origin of taxes and the people their right of first approval of taxation for generations yet unborn and probably forever. If left unchallenged these three offending bills, one already implemented, severely damage Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution. All involved are under oath to preserve the Constitution. There is nothing in the Constitution more clear than this. Liberty is lost one piece at a time. It is also restored one piece at a time. Pass this around.
Dr. Harold Pease is an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit www.LibertyUnderFire.org.
By Jim Sacia, State Representative, 89th District
“To the victor belong the spoils. You need to understand Mr. Sacia, in Illinois politics is a blood sport,” those prophetic words from a friend I greatly respect, Cris Cray, the Director of Legislation for the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Her comment came after my expressing dismay that last Wednesday, May 22, 2013, the republicans, of which I am one, were no longer to be a part of the appropriation working groups finalizing an acceptable budget. There is no question that we are in financial trouble. There is not even close to an adequate amount of anticipated income over the next year to fund the existing programs. Both sides of the aisle were working toward compromise. Then the bombshell – I can’t say that I was shocked, angered yes, after eleven years certainly not shocked.
Here is what is so frustrating – two years ago, Speaker Madigan told the entire chamber that although it hasn’t been done since 1992, the House Appropriation Committees would formulate the budget (that’s democracy). For two years we did just that. We really have gotten quite good at it. We only allocated anticipated income and state agencies needed to “suck it up”. Here is one of the biggest reasons it doesn’t work – it’s called collective bargaining.
You see, pay raises for just one agency, the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), will total $53 million this next year. Their anticipated overtime is just over $60 million. It helps you understand why Governor Scott Walker went ballistic in Wisconsin last year. No, that won’t happen in Illinois. The party in control will now craft a budget. They will do so by playing a shell game with your money (that’s dictatorship). No it will not be sustainable. A budget will pass without one vote from my side of the aisle. That budget will include more than $2 billion of expense above the anticipated income. Much will go to salary increases for AFSCME employees and new programs. Please tell me who in the private sector get pay raises in a depressed economy?
We will adjourn as constitutionally required by midnight, May 31 and all will be “fat, dumb, and happy.” No, we didn’t kick the can down the road, just to the side of the road where it will stay until about November when the Governor will sound the alarm “we are out of money, the General Assembly must reconvene to find resources”. Those in control continue to believe that when you hire Peter to dig a hole and pay Paul to fill it in you have created two new jobs.
Only you can fix this folks with a citizen referendum to demand term limits like fifteen other states. I have already term limited myself.
I have no issues with the man but this state of 13 million is led by a State Representative elected with the same percentage of votes required for me. “To the victor belong the spoils.”