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YOU OUGHT TO BE OUTRAGED!

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE CURRENT RICHFIELD VILLAGE BOARD:

Increased your property taxes by an OUTRAGEOUS 3.95%

… (the largest amount allowed by law) when many other local communities have not put such a heavy tax burden on their constituents. For example, both the City of West Bend and City of Hartford had NO tax increase, the Village of Slinger only had a 1% increase, and even the neighboring Village of Germantown only had a 2% increase. YOU OUGHT TO BE OUTRAGED!

• Wasted your hard-earned tax dollars by paying OUTRAGEOUSLY excessive salaries to village employees.

In 2009, the Richfield Village Board paid former Village Administrator Toby Cotter approximately $110,000 per year plus benefits. Many other communities in this area pay MUCH LESS for their administrators who have more experience and greater job responsibilities than those hired by the Village of Richfield. Annual administrator salaries in these nearby communities are:

  1. Village of Newburg ($51,000),
  2. Town of Lisbon ($64,000),
  3. Village of Kewaskum ($75,267),
  4. Village of Slinger ($77,000), and
  5. Village of Jackson ($82,000).

YOU OUGHT TO BE OUTRAGED!

• Saddled your community with two costly lawsuits caused by two OUTRAGEOUS village board decisions in 2008.

One lawsuit involves the village board’s blatant violation of our community’s 20-Year “Smart Growth” Comprehensive Plan (which must be obeyed under state law), and the second lawsuit was filed because the Richfield Village Board annexed property from the Town of Polk after intentionally ignoring the Wisconsin Department of Administration’s written warnings that such annexation would be illegal and against public policy. This is the first time in our village’s history that it has two big lawsuits against it. YOU OUGHT TO BE OUTRAGED!

• Squelched valuable citizen input by moving the public comment period to the end of village board meetings

… usually after midnight. If you are not OUTRAGED now, you certainly will be when an issue YOU care about appears on the agenda and you won’t be allowed to say anything on it until AFTER the village board’s decision has been made. YOU OUGHT TO BE OUTRAGED!

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