Footbridge Foe Calls for $12.5K Survey of Taxpayers
In a letter to the Village Board, a new taxpayers group requests $12,500 to survey all Fox Point residents about the use of taxpayer money for the Bridge Lane footbridge project.
A newly-formed Fox Point Taxpayers Alliance is requesting $12,500 from the Village Board to survey all Fox Point taxpayers about the use of taxpayer money for the Bridge Lane footbridge project.
Larry Booth, a longtime opponent of the footbridge who serves as the president of the new group, said the Taxpayers Alliance deserves access to village funds, just as the Footbridge Friends received $30,000 to start its $625,000 fundraising campaign.
Booth said the majority of residents are not aware of the cost of the footbridge project. In a letter to the board, Booth said trustees should give equal credence to villagers who do not support the footbridge project.
"Therefore, in the interest of fairness, citizen participation and the obligation of government to abide by the will of the people, we request that you afford us the same treatment as Footbridge Friends and agree to fund a taxpayer survey conducted by the Fox Point Taxpayers Alliance," Booth said.
Specifically, the group is requesting $2,500 to write and design the questionnaire, $4,500 for the printing of the survey mailer, two-way postage and processing and $5,500 in marketing funds to ensure maximum community participation.
The group is also requesting to make a presentation to trustees and the public at the March 12 Village Board meeting.