So, hehis does not sit well with me, as Mr. Hanson is always saying that his "job is to provide the Commission with as detailed information as possible" (Dec 13, 2010 CC Meeting for example) and yet on this utility tax all the staff has seemingly come up with is the fact(s) that Deerfield is the only Municipality of its size not to have one, the Charter cannot limit the City's ability to levy taxes, we need "widen the nets" on tax revenue and not depend so heavily on the ad valoreum tax, and that the utility tax would in effect provide equity to the tax paying public because everyone will be hit with the tax. These are the same points brought up last year and so I personally don't see where the further research which was requested by the Commission was done before this Utility tax was thrust back upon the Dias for a rushed vote.
I can state a couple reasons I believe the rush is on, but as I and others have previously stated to the Commissioners, City Management, and staff "This is wrong" and un-American as it is an affront to the democratic process since over 10,000 of the City's residents are currently without a duly elected representative and this utility tax ordinance and many others that affect the entire City would be "taxation and legislation without representation" and since at many workshops, meetings, and public hearings the actual public is not allowed to voice their opinions on agenda items up for discussion those 10,000 plus individuals are not virtually or physically represented by the City's Government and I believe cause can be brought up to void all ordinances, resolutions, and amendments that were/are enacted while a good portion of the City is without representation.
Now, if the public was actually allowed to speak on all issues brought up at the Dias then cause is weakened. But the City seems to not be in any hurry to lift this imposition placed on its residents by not allowing them to affectively participate in their government and the fact remains that these rules actually discourage, not encourage public participation in government. In the light of this City's recent scandals concerning elected officials, it would seem prudent (at least to me) that our government would open itself up to the public to avoid any future issues of perceived improprieties and would foster and encourage, rather than discourage, community involvement.
So, again I ask what is really going on?