MacIver News Service | October 30, 2012
[New Berlin, Wisc...] The New Berlin City Clerk is confident in her office's ability to ensure election integrity after catching a duplicate absentee ballot request for a nursing home patient. However, that patient's daughter says if she wasn't proactive, the extra ballot could have slipped through the cracks.
Patti Logsdon told the MacIver News Service that her mother is a resident of a memory care unit in New Berlin. Patti told the nursing home she had already taken care of her mother's voting needs. Minutes later in the hallway, she said a worker told her the facility had made an absentee ballot request on behalf of her mother.
Patti said she went to city hall to ensure they did not send out a second ballot. She found out the request from the nursing home misspelled her mother's name. However, Kari Morgan, the City Clerk, said the second application was flagged and no second ballot had been mailed out.
Morgan told MNS the Special Registration Deputy (SRD) from the the care unit called to ask if "three or four residents at the facility were registered to vote." According to Morgan, her office checked each name to see if they had been registered. The name the SRD gave to the City Clerk's office, "Benz," was not registered to vote.
Franklin is a wonderful city.
Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows
Everything that’s wonderful is what I feel
When we're together.
Brighter than a lucky penny.
When you're near the raindrops disappear
Dear and I feel so fine.
Ideally, heading to the polls and voting to improve our schools would be a no-brainer.
More parking spaces?
More security at the front door of the high school?
A new auditorium?
Why stop there.
Artificial turf on the football field.
A brand new press box.
A scoreboard with instant replay capability.
A retractable roof over the football and baseball fields.
A new swimming pool that would make the Olympics drool.
Paid escorts for students unskilled at walking on sidewalks.
And we could go on and on.
I would be all for it!
If I didn’t believe I had some economic common sense.
Now is simply not the time to be spending nearly $50 million in property taxes on big wants that aren’t needs.
If you haven’t read the papers, there’s been a recession. To suggest there’s been a recovery is absurd.
We have unemployed.
We have underemployed.
We have workers who’ve not gotten raises.
We have workers who've gotten pay cuts.
We have folks who’ve been laid off.
We have people who’ve moved out.
We’ve had foreclosures.
I know this is difficult for far too many to comprehend, but
You have an increasing number in poverty.
You have more people on food stamps.
You have the “near poor,” those living just above the poverty line.
There are recent news reports that huge tax increases are coming in January 2013.
Question 1 would only cost an additional $32 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
Question 2 would only cost an additional $20 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
Question 3 would only cost an additional $24 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
Forgive me. I don’t live in a mansion, but my home is assessed at a bit more than $100,000.
PLUS, the added property tax increase from these three referenda IS ON TOP OF:
1) The approved school property tax levy increase in the school budget for next year
2) The city tax levy increase (albeit very small this year)
3) Milwaukee County taxes
4) State taxes
5) MMSD taxes