As many of you know, I have been asking the administration for our 2012 tax rate for several months (we passed the budget last spring). Every time I asked, I got some excuse for why the information couldn't be given to me. Then, after being told at the September 10 council meeting that they didn't know I had made the request (!!!), I received an email from Administration and Finance a day later with the numbers (of course, the County had just released the numbers as well). The rate is as follows (click to enlarge):
In that budget, there was no accounting for the deferred pension payment, insurance costs, etc., in addition to the mayor's attempt to pad her own budget and pet projects to the tune of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars (while also attempting to slash the Plainfield library budget by 40%!).
I wrote about this in June: The Politics of Incompetence. It was only through the hard work of the council's finance committee, led by Council President Mapp that Plainfield residents did not receive a tax increase this year.
I also have received numerous complaints about the tax collection in our city. At the budget hearings, I was mortified to discover that untold amounts of money were sitting in the tax collector's office, not deposited in violation of state law! The tax bills were once again sent out late. I will be following up on this and other items at the next city council meeting--this coming Monday, October 1.