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City only wants more, more, more

2014-07-20T00:00:00Z 2014-07-21T08:32:05Z City only wants more, more, more The Billings Gazette
July 20, 2014 12:00 am

You no longer have to wonder if your taxes will rise annually over the next 10 years, it's guaranteed! The head bureaucrat, not letting a recent tragedy go to waste, presents a plan resulting in the (spoiler alert) expansion of bureaucracy and budget — and the City Council eats it up with a spoon. More bureaucracy must mean more security?

Even with the Sheriff's Department, U.S. Marshals, FBI, DEA and an innumerable host of other heavily armed federal agencies, Billings is apparently on the brink of criminal Armageddon? We must be sure to have enough to paramilitarize our civilian police.

The City Council needs to stop already entrusting the best interest of the citizens of Billings to those with conflicting interests, namely those who stand to gain by the bloat of bureaucracy at the expense of taxpayers.

Let's publicly compare the wage and benefit package expense of those local bureaucrats with those of us who pick up the tab. Let's start by seeing if contracting the fire protection of Billings makes more sense than owning the equipment and "negotiating" with public employee unions on an ongoing basis, especially with a perpetual mill levy increase in the bag. Let's see if being on the City Council is about public service — or about political ambition.

How much shall we give? More, more, more to paraphrase Creedence Clearwater Revival. How many are gullible enough to believe that an additional $30 today, automatically increasing to $324 annually over 10 years, will satisfy the bureaucratic beast? 

Ron Bachman


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