Smienk’s numbers don’t add up

In Wednesday’s paper Josh Smienk misleads readers by saying that “in the past three years there has been, on average, a 38% tax increase.”

In Josh Smienk’s presentation in Wednesday’s paper, (November 2) he misleads readers by saying that “in the past three years there has been, on average, a 38% tax increase.” This is blatantly false. My taxes in 2009 were $3,017, in 2010 they were $2,757 and in 2011 were $2,508, thus representing about an 18 per cent drop from the final year he supposedly represented us.

He also goes on and on, about what he’s previously achieved.

The hospital upgrades would have happened without his supposed “guiding and spearheading… the capital expansion.” Most important, he never connected with his constituents in the Blewett area.

Incumbent Ramona Faust has. She’s listened and acted (new bus service, for example). He was never here to listen.

John Vanden Heuvel



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