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Some savvy blog readers have Franklin alderman Steve Taylor all figured out


Franklin alderman Steve Taylor I’ve been told by many residents in his district doesn’t like it when you refuse to bow and kiss his ring. He gets ornery and angry and arrogant and condescending.

So he can’t be too happy with the various comments being left on the Franklin blogs questioning him and his poor performance.

Advocating Mom wrote on March 15:

“Congratulations on your endorsement from the Franklin Professional Firefighters Union. Our police and firefighters are top-notch! However, you promote yourself as a strong Walker-esque fiscal conservative while you stand with the public unions? I'm confused. Who are you going to fight for when it comes budget crunch time -- the taxpayer? Or will you owe your support back to the union? Seems to me there's a conflict of interest here.

The flashy, spendy, election piece we received today showed us nothing but spending. Spending on fire & police, spending on tornado sirens, and "allocating funds". Will you continue to spend our money the way you are apparently spending on your campaign?

Seriously?? This is NOT fiscally conservative!

As a voter and taxpayer, I want to know what the plan is to keep our tax LEVY at a 0.00% increase.”

I’ll answer that, Advocating Mom. He doesn’t have any! He’s never met a tax and spend idea he doesn’t love and hug and kiss. Scott Walker backer? He’s more like Chris Abele.

How about this comment left by meirkatze just a few days ago:

“Alderman Taylor never saw an increase to Franklin's $20 Million Dollar Tax Levy that he didn't vote for. In order to have a budget, there must be a tax  levy to support it. In 2009, the state mandated no more than a 3% increase  and that is the only reason it appears we have some fiscal sanity in Franklin.

Nov. 2008, he voted for the 2009 Budget and 2009 Tax Levy of $20.4 Million dollar budget to support it. (CC archived minutes: cc_Minutes_11308.pdf) Yes, they are voted on separately.

Nov. 2009, he voted No on the 2010 Budget however it still passed, but he  turned right around and voted Yes for the $20.7 Million dollar 2010 Tax Levy which included the 2.9% increase. (CC archived minutes: CC_Minutes_111709.pdf) Seems Ald. Taylor can't stick to his convictions.

Nov. 2010, he lambasted Franklin residents and voted for both the Budget and Tax Levy. Then, during the Councils discussions, Ald. Taylor seconds a  motion to remove a position from Planning Dept; then withdraws his second some time later. (CC archived minutes:CC_Minutes_Special_11310.pdf). One flip-flop.

In the same meeting, Ald. Taylor moved to restore $19,400 to the 2011 proposed Fire Department overtime and benefit accounts. Then, after the  motion is seconded; he withdraws the motion.Another Flip-Flop.

These are the kinds of facts folks need to know about before they vote and  they are all on file in the city archives. It's not enough to boast 'I voted  against a budget.' The real question is if you hold on to that same  conviction when it was time to vote on the tax levy."

And over on Greg Kowalski’s blog , we see this from someone called fastbird who is probably the same individual that left the above comment. But it's still very good, a great response to those that say Pete Kosovich, Taylor’s opponent, also voted for tax increases when Kosovich was alderman:

“After reviewing the city's archives, I'm positive that Alderman Taylor is flip-flopping politician who can't stick to a decision even during same meeting.

That is not the leadership Franklin needs.

During Peko Pete's time on Common Council (CC), Franklin experienced phenomenal growth. From 2000 to 2008, Franklin
experiences 19.04% growth. In 2008, Franklin was one of two cities in the whole state to post +10% growth. Since then, the recession has slowed growth but Franklin is still a great place to work, live and raise a family.

Growth requires infrastructure and taxes to support the services the citizens need. That is what Peko Pete was voting for during the boom years. Now, it's a good thing the state has limited tax levy growth to 3% during the recession that has dominated Ald. Taylor's term as on CC.

In a total lack of leadership during a recession, Alderman Taylor never saw an increase to Franklin's $20 Million Dollar Tax Levy that he didn't vote for.

Nov. 2008, he voted for the 2009 Budget and 2009 Tax Levy of $20.4 Million dollars budget to support it. (CC archived minutes: cc_Minutes_11308.pdf) Yes, they are voted on separately.

Nov. 2009, he voted NO on the 2010 Budget which still passed, but he turned right around and voted YES for the $20.7 Million dollar 2010 Tax Levy. (CC archived minutes: CC_Minutes_111709.pdf) Seems Ald. Taylor can't stick to his convictions.

Nov. 2010, Ald. Taylor lambastes Franklin residents and then votes YES for both the 2011 Budget and 2011 Tax Levy.

During the Councils discussions, Ald. Taylor seconds a motion to remove a position from Planning Dept; then withdraws his second (CC archived minutes: CC_Minutes_Special_11310.pdf). One flip-flop.

In the same meeting, Ald. Taylor made a motion to restore $19,400 to the 2011 proposed Fire Department overtime and benefit accounts. Then, after the motion is seconded; he withdraws his motion. Another Flip-Flop.

This is not the leadership that will move Franklin Forward. I'm ready for a 'Re-Pete' with Peko Pete. He is a small business owner who knows how tough times really are."

I'm sure there are many others in Franklin that share the same sentiment.

VOTE FOR PETE KOSOVICH APRIL 5!

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