Letter: Commissioner Weik Right on Taxes, Plan to Restore Library Hours

Woodbury resident Tony Tedesco voices his support for the incumbent.

The other day, Washington County Commissioner Lisa Weik stopped by my home. She is seeking re-election to the Washington County Board District 5 seat, and was going door-to-door in my neighborhood to discuss county issues and funding priorities for next year.

I was very impressed with Lisa Weik's dedication to talking directly with taxpayers about budget issues during hard economic times. 

We had a good conversation about the importance of keeping property taxes low, her efforts to restore library hours in Woodbury and her support of the county's efforts to consolidate government services and eliminate duplication to cut costs for taxpayers. She supported adoption of the 2013 preliminary budget with a net tax levy unchanged from 2012 that restores over 50 library hours a week to the libraries to meet citizen requests for more service.

I support her position to find short-term funding to restore hours from a technology upgrade delay, with sustainable revenue in 2014 and beyond re-directed from employee retirements.

Lisa Weik listened to what I had to say with sincerity. She is well positioned to undertake the decisions required in a rapidly growing county and is directly accountable to her constituents.

I voted for Lisa Weik two years ago and will vote for her again in the Nov. 6 general election. 

—Tony Tedesco, Woodbury


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Washington County Watchdog September 22, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Do you realize it costs $180,000 a year to keep the Woodbury library running... It's open till 8pm on a few week days and the place is litterally abandonded after 5pm. The county has $157,000,000 in debt which we send $7 million a year down the drain in interest charges. I love libraries as much as anyone, but Weik doesn't know where to draw the line. I attend most County Commission meetings every week and there isn't a tax increase or spending bill she doesn't support.
Washington County Watchdog September 22, 2012 at 02:00 AM
If you go to this Tuesday's board meeting you'll find she is voting to continue a 35% tax on our garbage removal to RRT who burns the garbage for us. They refuse to show us their records, and they've promised every year they'll no longer need the $8.4 million dollar subsidy. Weik wants to continue wasting these tax dollars when Safe landfills can take the trash without the 35% tax subsidy.


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