PRESS RELEASE - Racine Taxpayers Dodge a Bullet - 05.17.10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact: Van Wanggaard MAY 17, 2010                                                                       (262) 930-6503

With No Ability to Hold Taxing Body Accountable, Racine Taxpayers Dodge a Bullet

[RACINE] - State Senate candidate Van Wanggaard issued the following statement regarding today’s vote by the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SERTA) to put off implementing a car rental fee increase while they await federal approval to start engineering work on KRM:

“Today’s vote strikes at the heart of the problem with giving an unelected board the power to levy taxes.  Even though the decision was made to put off the tax increase until a later date, the decision could have easily gone the other way, with no recourse for voters to hold the decision-makers accountable.  Moving forward with KRM, even while Racine taxpayers are voicing serious reservations about the plan, is exactly the type of thing that happens when unelected officials craft major fiscal and infrastructure policy without having to worry about answering to constituents.

“My opponent, incumbent Senator John Lehman, has already voted to spend $810 million of taxpayer money on high-speed rail in Wisconsin, even in the face of heavy opposition from his constituents.  At least he can be held accountable for his vote at the polls in November.”    


Authorized and Paid for by Friends of Van Wanggaard, Sandra Keeran, Treasurer