Many Richfield residents recently received a 2019 Danah Zoulek campaign flier written negatively about the Richfield Village Board listing the following issues:
TAXES are OUT OF CONTROL
SPENDING is OUT OF CONTROL
SALARIES are OUT OF CONTROL
UNETHICAL CONDUCT is OUT OF CONTROL
Nice wording if only the facts were there
Hopefully this Richfield Today article will have you think about which Zoulek candidate makes sense, 2017 or 2019.
"Our taxes were raised for 2017 when our taxes should be going down. Our roads are in desperate need of repair." You can read it for yourself in the attachment.
Ask yourselves, how can a candidate demand taxes go down while identifying roads in desperate need of repair? How would she solve that problem? She never did identify a solution. Have you heard of one?
In 2019 her flier states:
TAXES are OUT OF CONTROL Richfield Village Board raised your village property taxes by 28.55% ....... in 2017 the total public works budget was $1,275,704 and by 2019 it has jumped to $3,259,863.
She seems to have forgotten the Village board, knowing road repair is an important cost issue, authorized a Referendum for Road Maintenance so Richfield residents could tell the board how to finance desperately needed road repairs and maintenance. Is she blaming the village board for the outcome of the referendum?
So did she do a flip flop? When you vote on April 2nd, WHO are you planning to vote for?
The 2017 Zoulek candidate or 2019 Zoulek candidate?
OR candidate Richfield Village President John Jeffords who answered the same question in 2017 article in this manner:
"The issue of maintaining approximately 146 miles of village roads continues to be a daunting task. The village will receive roughly $322,000 this year from the state road aids program which represents our share of the state's gasoline tax. It doesn't appear the state will substantially increase the funding enough to solve our maintenance issues given that our need is 3 to 4 times the current funding amount we receive. Within the next few months the roads will go through a rating process that yields the condition of the roads and indicates how many miles need some type of maintenance. We will then be able to estimate the repair cost and develop an action plan with a timeline to bring road maintenance back in line."
Did he have a solution? Yes, to ask Richfield residents for input to solve a desperate problem. The referendum resulted with a majority of Richfield residents making the wise choice to raise taxes for 9 years. Ultimately that vote will save taxpayer dollars. Dollars that would have been spent as interest on a loan.
OR would you have preferred the majority of roads stay as they are today?
I suspect most Richfield residents will be voting to continue good leadership as witnessed these past 2 years by President John Jeffords, Trustees Rock Brandner and Tom Wolff.