A letter in the July 23, 2013, Tomahawk Leader:
How very interesting when Shopko needs financial help to come into Tomahawk, an area thus far avoided by the retailer, TIF District funding is “found.” When the Fourth Street Bridge was deemed unsafe, grant money was “found” to not only fix the bridge, but improve the road from Dairy Queen to Highway A. Now, the final blocks of Fourth Street are being “improved,” and the City Council is placing a burden of special assessments to 31 property owners along the corridor.
As a property owner, I find this distressing. We all use those four blocks at one time or another. I shop at OK Printing, Dollar General, Family Dollar, JB’s and of course, Beking. This is a case of “we’re in this together.” Just how much more would my tax bill go up if we split the $305,000 amongst all property owners in the City of Tomahawk? I can understand that new lateral connections might be the cost of the individual property owners, but all of it? Based on their road frontage?
Don’t you think that Dairy Queen, Bridge Inn, Chuck’s, Aquatic Arts, Town & Country Realty, Tomahawk Sports Center, Silverado, Nelson’s County Market, Snap Fitness, Ben Franklin, Four Seasons, Holiday Gas Station Scaffidi’s, H&S Service, Steigerwaldt’s, Pops Feed Store, Subway, Viegut’s, Ace Hardware, Tomahawk Foods, Auto Haus, Park City Credit Union, Tomahawk Family Restaurant, River Valley Bank, BP-McDonald’s, Heritage Chevrolet, Dog n Suds, Tomahawk Flooring, Wholesale Carpets, Magic Jo’s, Re-Max, Generations Funeral Home, McCandles Properties, LLC, Northwoods Community Realty, Tomahawk Warehouse Liquor, Calhoun’s Auto, Erv’s Sales & Service and all the other businesses on North Fourth Street who got their road improvements for nothing would jump at the chance to assist their “shop local” pals?
The City learned there was “no money” available before the first shovel was put into dirt. That four-block improvement could have been delayed while the issue was discussed with all of us instead of letting Bob Lee, Don Nelson, Brian Viegut and Roger Schlegel and the rest vote in favor of dumping this $305,000 debt to the 31 property owners.
Come on, be fair. This smells.
Owner of two rental properties in the City of Tomahawk