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11.8% budget increase BTC! NO taxation without representation!

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John Eyster
Saturday, June 22, 2013

11.8% budget increase BTC! NO taxation without representation! HELP!

Do YOU realize that the 11.8% budget increase for our Blackhawk Technical College was passed UNANIMOUSLY WITHOUT DEBATE last Thursday (6/20) by the APPOINTED BTC Board? What do YOU think?

BE SURE YOU NOTE the BTC Board is APPOINTED - NOT ELECTED! And yet, that Board which has full authority to LEVY TAXES on WE THE PEOPLE who did NOT have a vote!

Are YOU aware that the members of the technical college boards throughout WI are APPOINTED and NOT elected! They are able to vote TAX LEVY INCREASES without any accountability to WE THE PEOPLE of WI!

I’m thinking of the AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY SLOGAN, “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION”! What are YOU thinking? Perhaps the TEA PARTY ought to give attention to THIS situation in WI? I totally & completely OPPOSE any tax levying authority for any governmental unit which is NOT ELECTED! There MUST be accountability to WE THE PEOPLE! What do YOU think?

I read and re-read the information about the BTC budget. I still do NOT comprehend that in THIS ECONOMY the Board has voted a 11.8% BUDGET INCREASE. Include in that budget the fact that the “new” BTC President, along with other employees, will receive a 2% increase. WHO ALL OUT THERE ARE GETTING AT LEAST A 2% salary increase? NOT ME! How about YOU?

I discussed this issue on Friday, April 19, 2012, “’NO taxation without representation!’ Here we go again…”

I had described and commented on the QUIRK in our WI state law which sets up technical college boards as APPOINTED BOARD and authority to levy taxes. I believe this is the one and only situation under WI State Law in which there is an authority which is able to LEVY TAXES without ELECTORAL ACCOUNTABILITY. IF you know another one, please alert me.

On Friday, March 5, 2010, I posted, “NO taxation without representation!” That blog post has more analysis of the set-up in WI.

I invite YOU to find me an ELECTED authority which has increased the budget for its institution double-digit for the 2013-14 fiscal year, please. I’m reading comments. THANKS!

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 8:25 am Monday, July 29, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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