|Mary Giuliani Stephe|
|Spending increase votes by Mary Stephens|
Stephens and the city council want to charge residents for data and be able to publicly display their name and what data they requested. Coincidentally this correlates with the timing of the mayor's announcement to run for Governor. Clearly this looks to be a political maneuver to prevent opposition research rather than her claim it's to prevent abuses that we are told are occurring.
|Woodbury yearly tax increases|
Another example of waste supported by Stephens is the golf course. The City has owned the 255 acre, 18 hole, Eagle Valley Golf Course since 1998. Most of it's history it's lost tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. They had the chance to sell it in 2012, but Mayor Stephen and the city council turned the offer down. Instead they spent nearly $900,000 to buy out the golf course debt so it could claim it was making a profit over it's $1.2 million year/ dollar operating cost (p.34). But as any government run business, they operate outside reality. Because if they actually paid for all the expenses of running a golf course they'd still be in debt. Because they don't pay for large expense items like new equipment and machinery. For now, such realities are a future goal according to the 2018 budget p. 201 "Long-term objectives as it relates to the [Golf course] budget will include maintaining reserves for the renewal and replacement of equipment or capital items" Profit or not, should the government be in the Golf Course industry competing against the privately owned golf course in Woodbury? A true republican would say that is not a core function of government.
become 19.6% of the city budget (p.65)! Costing tax payers $6,695,800 a year to maintain (p.68).
To: Stephens, Mary
Subject: Mayor Stephens. Comment on your tax and spend record and DPA fees?
You've been a Woodbury City councilor or Mayor for over ten years but only a month after announcing run for Governor you've decided that data requests to the city are costly and abusing staff resources. Yet from 2015 to 2017 the city only had 68 request for data, most of them being from the woodbury bulletin for soft ball news on police reports. None of the requests appeared to be "fishing expeditions" as you describe.
1.) Do you have comment about how this appears to be an attempt to curb research into your tax and spend record?
2.) Do you have a response to those of us who can't find one proposal or vote from you to shrink the taxes and spending in Woodbury?
3.) What tax decrease, spending decrease, or decrease in the size of government can you claim as something you championed for the residents of Woodbury?
Lastly, on your website you say:
Thanks for responses. They will be unedited full quotes if you decide to respond.
Date: Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Subject: Re: Mayor Stephens. Comment on your tax and spend record and DPA fees?