Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Waukesha Freeman Thursday, 09/15/2016 Page A05 Opinion City will save with county dispatch Government control not more important than safety The city of Waukesha is debating again the idea of letting the county handle the dispatch operations for police and firefighters. Once again we have a report, this time from an outside consultant, that recommends […]

At Monday night’s Ordinance and License Committee meeting, city of Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack offered all sorts of opinions on providing street closing permits to Friday Night Live. Unfortunately, none of the opinions had anything to do with his job as police chief. Jack told the committee that if they created a fee structure […]

Waukesha Freeman 1/18/2016 Page A06 Opinion Bradley, Abele in trouble Rough night for incumbents A lot to cover here this morning so hang on. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Is state Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley in trouble? In 2011, Justice David Prosser actually got over 50 percent of the vote in the […]

Over at the MacIver Institute, I explained why Waukesha’s Sunset Homes controversy almost became exhibit 1 of why TIF reform is needed in Wisconsin: The public also learned that the City Attorney had said the loan was risky because the collateral was the condo association fees and not the actual properties. He recommended individual agreements […]

Waukesha Freeman 9/17/2015 Page A5 Opinion Waukesha’s TIF tiff resolved Strange non-debate stops condo loan Well, it only took two meetings. The Waukesha Common Council voted Tuesday night against amending a tax incremental financing district to allow a $1.6 million loan to the Sunset Homes condominium association. It was a strange non-debate. Despite a packed […]

Well, it only took two meetings. The proposed loan to Sunset Homes condominiums that was to be backed by the revenue from a Tax Incremental District was blocked Tuesday night after the Common Council reconsidered their action taken at the last meeting. After the motion by Alderman Adam Jankowski to reconsider was approved, the council […]

Waukesha Freeman 9/10/2015 Page 6A Opinion Don’t let this pilot fly County involved in Sunset Homes loan, too Internal emails uncovered during open records requests reveal that the city of Waukesha’s proposed loan to Sunset Homes for home repairs is even bigger than reported. The emails also suggest that the financing is not as sound […]

As we learned during the debate at the Common Council, the condo association was able to secure a private loan for $500,000 but decided against it, calling the amount, “a band-aid.” If the $500,000 is only a band-aid, then the proposed $1.6 million loan is a thin gauze pad trying to deal with an amputation. […]

In the world of competing open records requests, WISN’s Mark Belling reported first about Waukesha City Attorney Brian Running’s concerns about a proposed loan from the city of Waukesha to the Sunset Homes condominium board. I’m also reporting on the email in my column in tomorrow’s Waukesha Freeman, which was written yesterday. Since my column […]

Waukesha Freeman September 3, 2015 Page 6A Opinion Sunset Homes too big to fail Close vote a chance to do over The residents of the Sunset Homes Condominiums were not disappointed Tuesday. City staff recommended an amendment to an existing tax incremental district (TID) to loan the condo board $1.6 million to fix up the […]