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    Our City is flat out stupid

    We are expecting it to flood along Fleur drive. Des Moines is so cash strapped we are laying off employee's left and right. So what are they doing along fleur drive right now??? That is right. They are planting the flowers that will probably get swept away by the flood. It's all we need in Des Moines. Screw music and art class at school. We need flowers along Fleur. Disgusted.


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    Re: Our City is flat out stupid

    Wow. That is beyond stupid.




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    Re: Our City is flat out stupid

    I'm sure the 1K in flowers would have saved many people's jobs.



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    Re: Our City is flat out stupid

    1k??? Have you seen the flowers they put on Fleur Drive?

    Also how many other places are we spending stupid money like this.


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    Re: Our City is flat out stupid

    Yeah... they spent quite a bit there after the last flood iirc.



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    Re: Our City is flat out stupid

    In the past, these things have been sponsored by private organizations.



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    Re: Our City is flat out stupid

    You should try living in Omaha. Our mayor hired his staff at salaries that are, on average, 50% higher than the last administration. So, they pad their pockets and our streets are full of potholes. I've only lived in a few cities in my lifetime, but Omaha has got to be one of the most poorly run cities around.

    Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention, the city is $11M over budget this year and $500M in the hole for the police/fire pension fund.


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    Re: Our City is flat out stupid

    is it bad that when I read the thread title i thought it said "Owl city is flat out stupid", man was I dissapointed


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    Re: Our City is flat out stupid

    Ok, first, anything the City is doing has nothing to do with school cuts. I am baffled that people have no idea who is taxing them for what or how much.

    Second, on Omaha, most poorly run, not by a mile but politically unable to do two things: Tell the Police and Fire that they get what the City can afford and no more (although we might lose on that in court) and Either raise taxes or tell people to STFU about services they arent going to get.


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    Ok, first, anything the City is doing has nothing to do with school cuts. I am baffled that people have no idea who is taxing them for what or how much.

    Second, on Omaha, most poorly run, not by a mile but politically unable to do two things: Tell the Police and Fire that they get what the City can afford and no more (although we might lose on that in court) and Either raise taxes or tell people to STFU about services they arent going to get.
    Yeah good thing the State does not give the City any money to run it's operation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    Yeah good thing the State does not give the City any money to run it's operation.
    Ok, if you want to say that money that is in one place could concievably be in another, under completely different control and used for completely different purposes, carry on. Basically, you just want to complain and I can't stop ya anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by drmwevr08 View Post
    Ok, first, anything the City is doing has nothing to do with school cuts. I am baffled that people have no idea who is taxing them for what or how much.

    Second, on Omaha, most poorly run, not by a mile but politically unable to do two things: Tell the Police and Fire that they get what the City can afford and no more (although we might lose on that in court) and Either raise taxes or tell people to STFU about services they arent going to get.
    That's the thing that irks me, all this administration wants to do is raise taxes. Taxes are outrageous as it is. I was totally shocked when we first starting looking at houses at how high taxes are around here. Raising them even more seems like it would just make the city worse off. People will only put up with so much before they'll start relocating (as you have seen with the growth of Bellevue and La Vista). Although I couldn't vote for mayor because we hadn't moved here yet, I was for Suttle originally. But man, that guy just doesn't seem to have a clue. "Omaha is a city on the rise," I wanted to ask "Have you been to Omaha lately?"


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    Thats the choice people need to be willing to make. Get all the crap you want and pay the bill or pay less and get less. Do you even know that the City portion of your taxes is by far smaller than the schools? Do you know that if you live in Omaha proper you have the lowest city taxes in the metro (Papio is lower but doesnt include free trash)? I'm not a huge Suttle fan but to say Omaha is awful is just not right.


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    Re: Our City is flat out stupid

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    We are expecting it to flood along Fleur drive. Des Moines is so cash strapped we are laying off employee's left and right. So what are they doing along fleur drive right now??? That is right. They are planting the flowers that will probably get swept away by the flood. It's all we need in Des Moines. Screw music and art class at school. We need flowers along Fleur. Disgusted.

    Take the money DSM spent on that... multiply it by billions... and you'll get our US Government. What makes sense to the average Joe...seems to make no sense to those running our govenment. Tough times? Dont reduce spending...tax and spend foolishly.



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    Quote Originally Posted by drmwevr08 View Post
    Thats the choice people need to be willing to make. Get all the crap you want and pay the bill or pay less and get less. Do you even know that the City portion of your taxes is by far smaller than the schools? Do you know that if you live in Omaha proper you have the lowest city taxes in the metro (Papio is lower but doesnt include free trash)? I'm not a huge Suttle fan but to say Omaha is awful is just not right.
    I will confess that I do not know the splits on the tax breakdown. Though, we were told that taxes would be higher in the Millard area, which would be in line with what you're saying.

    Politics aside, Omaha just doesn't seem like it has a lot going for it right now. The city itself is way over budget, they can't seem to get the pension issue ironed out, the infrastructure is falling apart, crime is insane for a city this size, and all the positive things (Qwest Center, new baseball stadium, etc.) the city is going to have to start paying for soon with money that they currently don't have. Having only lived here a year, to me, the future doesn't look too bright for the city.


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