Written by Jim LeClaire:
I have had a complaint from a ‘yes’ voter that it isn’t right that I am sharing this public salary information with everyone. This PUBLIC information… Yeah. Anyway, fair is fair. If I do something like this I better be willing to share my information also. Right?
I made around $62,600 last year after working 20 years at my company. My net pay, after paying for health insurance and all the other taxes, is $36,200. I need to pay a road assessment to the city this year totalling over $8,000 because the city of Oshkosh decided to replace my sewers, side walks and street. Oshkosh School board will increase our school tax levy at least 6-8% regardless of the referendum outcome. With medical bills and having to replace my car after an accident last week I simply can’t afford this referendum. It scares me to think that someone on a fixed income needs to face these same things in life along with an possible increase if this referendum passes.
Let’s get real: Yes voters when you say it’s just $7 that pisses me off a little bit. Why? Because it’s not just $7 it’s another $83 on top of everything else I need to pay. It must be nice to equate this increase to a cup of coffee from Starbucks. You’ll have to excuse me as it seems a little arrogant of you to assume that everyone can afford this. I don’t mean to judge but it seems like you only care about one thing? Yourselves. Hmmmmm, I bet you think that of me… See common ground!
Next time you tell someone how cheap this referendum maybe you should remember that not everyone is as lucky as you are. Some of us are worried about making sure our families are taken care of. We aren’t being greedy and we ARE worried about children’s education. Try putting yourself in someone else’s shoes for change and see this from a different angle. At the very least stop comparing an expensive referendum to a stupid cup of coffee. It’s NOT a cup of coffee! Empathy people, Empathy!! (Jim steps down off soap box and goes to take a nap…)