Pat Howard: Dahlkemper's opening salvo points to limits of Erie County's top job

Mar 16, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: goerie.com

Former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper included a critique of the Erie region's political culture in her announcement that she's barging into the Democratic primary for Erie County executive against a viable incumbent.

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If she is a better democrat Erie can expect more crime, trash, corruption and decline...go dahlkwmper...little Detroit is on the horizon
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Fast forward 5 years, 10 years, 20 years and more. You're sure to find Erie swirling down the crapper faster than ever. It's inevitable, Erie people will not change in enough manner or in enough numbers to right itself in order to pull out of it's accepted death spiral.
Who among you actually believes that the future looks bright here ? Is it any wonder that the drain of the young and educated happens at such an alarming rate in this area ?
There is very little to attract them as far as high paying jobs, recreation, improved infrastucture and weather. Here's a news flash; very few people actually like the prolonged cold, gray, and wet climate that strangles Erie for months at a time. Kids today have traveled much more than previous generations and they know what they like and they seek what they want. And more than ever they don't like or want a desparate and dying Erie. Who can blame them ?
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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.....I`m not laughing at Pennsylvania Pelosi`s candidacy, just her statement she still has considerable power because of her time in Congress!
Sorry Kathy...failure,is failure,is failure!If you win the whole county fails ......just only faster then if Barry is re-elected.
The Erie region continues its slide to oblivion.
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liberal realist wrote:
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.....I`m not laughing at Pennsylvania Pelosi`s candidacy, just her statement she still has considerable power because of her time in Congress!
Sorry Kathy...failure,is failure,is failure!If you win the whole county fails ......just only faster then if Barry is re-elected.
The Erie region continues its slide to oblivion.
"The Erie region continues its slide to oblivion."
You're absolutely right. And you know what ? Let it slide. Like most people, I just don't care what happens here anymore. If people cared, things would never have been allowed to break apart as they have. Let the Erie area reap all that it has sown. It's not worthy of being cared about anymore.
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Mar 18, 2013
 
Democrats bury their wounded. Kathy is a loser in the eyes of the Obama Administration. I almost fell out of my chair laughing when she inferred that her two years in DC (before she got voted out) gives her a certain clout with the folks in DC. What an idiot.
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Nasty wrote:
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"The Erie region continues its slide to oblivion."
You're absolutely right. And you know what ? Let it slide. Like most people, I just don't care what happens here anymore. If people cared, things would never have been allowed to break apart as they have. Let the Erie area reap all that it has sown. It's not worthy of being cared about anymore.
I really do not care anymore either,50 years of idiotic decisions & mind numbing actions...example,state street main thoroughfare, first ban parking & put dividers in center restricting traffic,then wonder why business & customers fled the downtown business district. Fast forward a few years, revamp street corners which creates traffic jams at the intersections, restricts traffic flow & makes effective street cleaning & plowing near impossible.
I do care for my grand children , I tell them after education is complete , your first adult decision should be to determine what new state & city will be your new home. Were I younger....I would move also, may have to do it anyway at some point out of desperation & self defense
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The cities of Erie and Altoona, among others, have narrowly avoided Act 47 designation.

Their mayors seek legislative changes to the binding arbitration rules of Act 111,

as well as a reduction in the designation of tax-exempt properties,

to improve their financial health.[1]

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Altoona, Pennsylvania

According to a press release, the 350-page report states that the city’s financial situation is due to a

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lack of growth in government revenue that is in turn due to the national recession and a declining tax base

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In addition to the consolidation of municipal fleet maintenance departments, the plan calls for suggested

increases in earned income tax

and real estate tax rates,

increases in license and permit fees,

a wage freeze for municipal employees

and a decrease in paid holidays,

vacation and sick leave.

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Raise the taxes and you have a declining tax base just like eerie, PA

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"PUBLIC SECTOR UNION THUGS" sucking the city dry.
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lack of growth in government revenue that is in turn due to the national recession and a declining tax base

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The recession was over in 2009, ask obummer.
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Pat Howard: Dahlkemper's opening salvo points to limits of Erie County's top job

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unsustainable increases in PUBLIC SECTOR employee benefits.

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eerie,PA over 2 million a year.
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Act-111, you bought off political pigs said "yes" to many times, you are powerless.
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liberal realist wrote:
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I do care for my grand children , I tell them after education is complete , your first adult decision should be to determine what new state & city will be your new home. Were I younger....I would move also, may have to do it anyway at some point out of desperation & self defense
That,in my opinion is about the most important thing a parent and/or grandparent can instill on the kids they care about the most.
Too many people are raised here in the Erie area without a clue how to create options for themselves. So many in Erie believe that the whole world begins and ends in this deteriorating and hopeless corner of Pennsylvania. And so they remain trying to slug out a life where everybody just has to " get used to it " all the time.
Get used to the lack of higher paying jobs, get used to the pathetic public school system, get used to the shabby infrastucture and run down buildings, get used to the escalating crime rate, get used to the prolonged cold,wet weather, get used to the recycled buffoons always running for public office, get used to always having to accept a reducing quality of life.
You are an intelligent individual for encouraging your grandkids to open their eyes to better things. Predictably, blinded Erie defenders, those who don't have a clue and will forever be stuck here, will be sure to take all this to the extreme. They'll try to make Erie sound so wonderful by comparing it with the murder capital of the world, or tornado alley, etc. Why if one considers anywhere but Erie they act as if those people are placing themselves and their family in the path of guarenteed death and destruction. Let them cling to all their fears. The wise folks know better and that's why they do better than what Erie can ever offer anymore.
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Erie is a great community which retains many fundamental strengths. However, as it faces an economic crisis that demands local leadership, it butts up against a rotten crowd of political insiders that lack vision and seriousness.
The irony about Dahlkemper's announcement is that she is the political hack least likely to fix the problem. She has flip flopped on every issue she ran on the first time, from budgets to taxes to global warming. She has neither the vision nor the character to provide steady leadership at a time like this. This isn't a race for student council.
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James Madison wrote:
Erie is a great community which retains many fundamental strengths. However, as it faces an economic crisis that demands local leadership, it butts up against a rotten crowd of political insiders that lack vision and seriousness.
The irony about Dahlkemper's announcement is that she is the political hack least likely to fix the problem. She has flip flopped on every issue she ran on the first time, from budgets to taxes to global warming. She has neither the vision nor the character to provide steady leadership at a time like this. This isn't a race for student council.
You believe that Erie is "a great community which retains many fundamental strengths." How then do you explain it's penchant for electing and re-electing the same core of potitical hacks decade after decade ? What does that say about the citizenry in this area? Intelligent ? Really?

I believe that much of what has plagued Erie for so long can be tied into the roted notion that stepping into the same pile of crap over and over again will somehow prove to be a winning formula someday. There was a front page article in the local paper the other day stating that voters will notice something missing when they go to vote in a few weeks. What is missing according to the article are names from a political party in opposition to the political machine that has ruled the day for all these destructive years.
But who cares anymore ? This will always be the rule in Erie until the end of time. Erie gets just what it bargains for and apparently is perfectly content with always tightening its belt and adjusting to the reductions in the quality of their lives.
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The cities of Erie and Altoona, among others, have narrowly avoided Act 47 designation.
Their mayors seek legislative changes to the binding arbitration rules of Act 111,
as well as a reduction in the designation of tax-exempt properties,
to improve their financial health.[1]
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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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In addition to the consolidation of municipal fleet maintenance departments, the plan calls for suggested
increases in earned income tax
and real estate tax rates,
increases in license and permit fees,
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and a decrease in paid holidays,
vacation and sick leave.
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Raise the taxes and you have a declining tax base just like eerie, PA
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"PUBLIC SECTOR UNION THUGS" sucking the city dry.
Give it up Dennis. Why don't you suck us all dry? You are the biggest loser on Topix.
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Tacks Know More wrote:
<quoted text>Give it up Dennis. Why don't you suck us all dry? You are the biggest loser on Topix.
Yet he is right. You obviously have no rebuttal to his truths.
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Tacks Know More wrote:
<quoted text>Give it up Dennis. Why don't you suck us all dry? You are the biggest loser on Topix.
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Addendum To All City Union MOUs

DEFERRED COMPENSATION

The matching deferred compensation savings program shall be suspended.

All City matching of deferred compensation contributions shall be discontinued.

This suspension shall be in effect until the last pay period 2020

Employees may continue to make unmatched contributions to the deferred compensation savings program pursuant to plan rules and procedure

Total DEFERRED COMP for all city employees is:

******...$865,133.00...******. Per year

EXAMPLE:

2011 PERSONNEL ROSTER---- FIREFIGHTERS --139

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FIREFIGHTERS PENSION payments from taxpayers $2,583,586.00 (for 139 people)

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"MATCHING FUNDS" DEFERRED COMP payments from taxpayers $231,538.00

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So just in the Erie FIRE Dept., it’s a new fire truck every three to four years

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3 X $231,538.00 =$694,614.00

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2011 PERSONNEL ROSTER---- POLICE-- 173

POLICE PENSION payments from taxpayers $2,658,837.00 (for 173 people)

"MATCHING FUNDS" DEFERRED COMP payments from taxpayers $279,343.00

So just in the Erie POLICE Dept., it would be eight or nine new police cruisers with associated technology at about $30,000 each

$279,343.00 divided by $30,000.00 = nine new police cruisers



***$354,252.00***

(left over )

A new dump truck and street sweeper for the Department of Public Works would cost $150,000 and $125,000 respectively, he said.

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One dump truck $150,000

and one street sweeper $125,000.00

equals $275,000.00 ….

subtract that from ***$354,252.00***

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$79,252.00 left over to fill potholes with!!!!

Dump the "MATCHING FUNDS" for DEFERRED COMP it’s a union perk that needs to go!!

Total DEFERRED COMP for all city employees is:

******...$865,133.00...******. Per year

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How Erie City Council plans to spend $8.5 million (less bond fees):

- Street paving through 2013,$5.5 million

- A new fire truck,$750,000

- Twenty-six detective cars,$780,000.

- Four public works vehicles,$385,000

- Upgrades to cell-phone tower and radio equipment,$700,000

- McBride Viaduct renovation, replacement or demolition work:$300,000
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James Madison wrote:
Erie is a great community which retains many fundamental strengths. However, as it faces an economic crisis that demands local leadership, it butts up against a rotten crowd of political insiders that lack vision and seriousness.
The irony about Dahlkemper's announcement is that she is the political hack least likely to fix the problem. She has flip flopped on every issue she ran on the first time, from budgets to taxes to global warming. She has neither the vision nor the character to provide steady leadership at a time like this. This isn't a race for student council.
We do not have any local leadership , all we have is single party politics dominated by the same group of rotten insider.Amen! They have no real abilities other then to line their pockets & BS the people.
Fundamental strength`s....???? What in hell are they , it is not the people who get voting these losers in , it is not the political insiders, it is not the good old boy behind the scene network which influences every decision made & it sure as hell is not the Erie Times News & their crew of liberal hacks.
The truth is Erie has always been a backward town ...Even Henry Ford could not garner enough local support to build an automobile plant here from the local good old boys content enough with what they controlled & did not want any outsiders.
Erie was positioned in exactly the right spot on the Great Lakes with access to power & raw materials.Erie should have become a major US City but did not due to our local selfish interests who froze out any competition .
Fundamental strengths ....Baloney!
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<quoted text>Give it up Dennis. Why don't you suck us all dry? You are the biggest loser on Topix.
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Why don't you suck us all dry?

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121.11 VEHICULAR CAPITAL RESERVE ACCOUNT.

(a) The Finance Director shall create a budget account designated as the

“Vehicular Capital Reserve Account”

in the City General Fund Budget for the sole purpose of disbursing
funds on account for the acquisition of vehicles to be used exclusively by those City bureaus and departments funded from the City General Fund Budget.

(b) Such Account shall be first established in the 1980 General Fund Budget and
annually continued and funded thereafter.

121.12 ADMINISTRATIVE CODE 32
(c) The 1980 General Fund Budget, and each General Fund Budget thereafter, shall
fund such Account in an amount of money not less than one mill of the total assessed valuation of all real estate taxable within the City during the fiscal year.

(d) Disbursements shall be made from this Account:

(1) Solely for the acquisition of vehicles to be used exclusively by those City bureaus or departments funded from the General Fund Budget; or

(2) For deposit into a special account to be established in a Federally-Insured Bank or Savings and Loan Institution. Such disbursement to this special account shall occur if there remains an unencumbered balance in the
Vehicular Capital Reserve Account on the last day of any fiscal year, or if
it is determined that the balance in the Vehicular Capital Reserve Account
could be invested at interest from this special account. All disbursements
from this special account shall be solely for investment purposes or
acquisition of vehicles to be used exclusively by those City bureaus and
departments funded from the City General Fund Budget.

(e) There shall be no other disbursements from this Account other than set forth in
subsection (d) hereof.

(f) Neither this Account nor the special account provided in subsection (b)(2) hereof
shall be pledged or used as security or collateral for any purposes unless specifically provided to the contrary by a duly enacted statute of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or other existing obligation of the City.(Ord. 65-1979 §1-6. Passed 8-8-79.)

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“VEHICULAR CAPITAL RESERVE ACCOUNT”

Where is it?

How Erie City Council plans to spend $8.5 million (less bond fees):

- Street paving through 2013,$5.5 million

- A new fire truck,$750,000

- Twenty-six detective cars,$780,000.

- Four public works vehicles,$385,000

- Upgrades to cell-phone tower and radio equipment,$700,000

- McBride Viaduct renovation, replacement or demolition work:$300,000

$1,915,000.00 spent on city vehicles from borrowed money

Over 15 years, the total borrowing is expected to cost the city about $34 million in principal payments and fees

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Where is the “VEHICULAR CAPITAL RESERVE ACCOUNT”?

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Mayor Joe Sinnot says it's legal to break the law, at least in this case.

"Well, the ordinance, like I said, is antiquated.
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<quoted text>Give it up Dennis. Why don't you suck us all dry? You are the biggest loser on Topix.
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In Pennsylvania, local governments (counties, municipalities, school districts, etc.) administer property taxes.

These localities only collect taxes on real estate (not personal property like vehicles).

Property value is determined by the county assessor and tax bills are calculated using millage rates.


One mill is equal to 1/1,000 of $1, so at a rate of 1 mill, you would pay $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value.


Each locality has its own millage rate, but rates cannot exceed 30 mills (or $30 per $1,000 of assessed value) without court permission.

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121.12 ADMINISTRATIVE CODE 32

(c) The 1980 General Fund Budget,

and each General Fund Budget thereafter,

shall fund such Account in an amount of money not less than one mill of the total assessed valuation of all real estate taxable within the City during the fiscal year.

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A breakdown of assessed property values in the city of Erie:

- Total assessed value:$4,653,569,022

- Residential:$2,299,185,890; 49.4 percent.

- Exempt:$1,341,898,797; 28.8 percent.

- Commercial:$775,493,585; 16.7 percent.

- Apartments:$129,993,400; 2.8 percent.

- Industrial:$104,852,650; 2.3 percent.

- Utility:$2,144,700; 0.05 percent.

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One mill is equal to 1/1,000 of $1, so at a rate of 1 mill, you would pay $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

(US$ 4 653 569 022)/ 1000 = 4.65356902 million U.S. dollars

The 1980 General Fund Budget,

and each General Fund Budget thereafter,

shall fund such Account in an amount of money not less than one mill of the total assessed valuation of all real estate taxable within the City during the fiscal year.

Where is the 4.65356902 million U.S. dollars for new vehicles?

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Pat Howard!!!!!!!!!!

Where's the money!!!!!!!!
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Former Democratic congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper,

a Catholic from Erie, Pennsylvania,

cast a crucial vote in favor of Obamacare in 2010.

She lost her seat that November in part because of her controversial support of Obamacare.

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STATES CUTTING EMPLOYEE HOURS TO AVOID OBAMACARE COSTS

The costs of Obamacare are not just hitting businesses this year--they are also hitting the government,

and public employees as well.

Virginia, for example, is about to limit part-time employees to 29 hours per week in order to avoid triggering Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide health insurance to those working 30 hours per week or more.

The state cannot afford the $110 million annual cost of insurance.

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Is 29 hours per week in order to avoid triggering Obamacare a cut in pay?

Wow enlightening isn't it?

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