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 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. 

Absolutelyfabulous February 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Thank you. I managed to saute those carrots w/ some Colavita EVO, salt & Trader Joe's Charles Shaw Chardonnay (Gotta love that $2-or 3,99 bottle of wine for cooking). Then it was on to chopping the celery and repeating procedure. Next, Crimini mushrooms and garlic once again chopped, sauteed. Open a block of TJ Firm tofu and cut up and add to pot. Also, added some Muir Ground Peeled tomatoes along w/ some freshly ground Coriander to the "liquid gold" vegetable stock made earlier and other sauted veggies. Once again while doing this while now watching Oscar propose to Gloria because Felix was too nervous. AND what did Bob Cory manage to accomplish during this next round of posts? It sure wasn't creating a Facebook page dedicated to the New "Taxpayers Alliance" w/ Discusion boards, photos, links et al but some preposterous request to the editorial staff of Patch that users now be required to post their real names. HINT..maybe you haven't read any other stories/comments in Patch because there are just a couple others out there using alias's. BONUS...If you created a Facebook Page/Discussion then ONLY :) "real" people posting/commenting could participate. Then again there are ways around that as well, but since there would be moderators, then one could control the flow of info. posted and who could join. and then you don't have to whine to Patch about anonymous posters who hurt your feelings while pointing out the obvious.
Absolutelyfabulous February 26, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Even better- Facebook and all of it's options for gathering/posting/discussing whatever strikes ones fancy (as long as it is w/in Facebook guidelines) will cost someone a grand total of $0 to create one hell of a portal for anything/everything ones needs to get all information/links to Village Board Meetings/decisions. Better yet, the web created by people tuning in/becoming members and passing that info on to others/neighbors who may also be very interested in what is/has happened can happen very quickly and painlessly as well. Then you don't have to waste how much more time getting the run around from the Village Trustees and surely stonewalled on your requests to receive $12,500 to put together/print ( a little archaic w/ all of the other resources out there that are FREE & FASTER) & post any/all literature at hand concerning the Bridge/costs/decisions made. Seriously, how many tactics do you think will be employeed to stonewall any request for funds to once again undermine the Village Board et friends on this bridge? I believe the board meets 1 time per month and how many months could they string this out while pushing ahead with their agenda. Go around them, step outside of the box and utilize what is available and free..Facebook is just a start. You need to build a base and go from there and do it quickly.
Bob Cory February 26, 2013 at 03:02 PM
To Absolutely fabulous: Seriously, GET A LIFE!
Absolutelyfabulous February 26, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Bob- You're just too much fun.
Bob Cory February 26, 2013 at 04:14 PM


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