We know that the legislature mandates adequate funding of state pensions. But please don’t use that as a valid excuse to increase our property taxes when those tax increases could have been avoided through enhanced fiscal discipline.

If the “as elected officials we feel the same pain” argument is true, then why aren’t these same elected officials protecting the revenue side of the balance sheet? Why must they give future tax revenue away? Why do Portillo's and Brandt Industries deserve tax abatements when they are already greatly attracted to the site? The business that they so desperately want is already here. Why pay them to come here when they already will? And if they don’t, let them go somewhere else.

And please don’t tell us that we don’t fully appreciate the value of them coming to the Twin Cities. The demand for locating a business in the Twin Cities is higher than the vast majority of cities in the United States. The numbers are there, otherwise businesses wouldn’t want to locate here in the first place. Why subsidize what they are already prepared to do on their own?

What infuriates taxpayers is the wanton disregard for fiscal discipline. It is an insult to say that we had no other choice. You always have other choices. You simply refuse to make them. That choice is to save money, reducing expenses, and stop giving away tax revenues.

Brian N. Naber, Normal

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