Mayor, CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls, together with Aldermanic candidates for election in 3 districts; listen to the people of St. Francis at meeting March 31st.

April 6, 2016

Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls, City of St. Francis
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Mayor, CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls, together with Aldermanic candidates for election in 3 districts; listen to the people of St. Francis at meeting March 31st.

City of St. Francis Aldermanic candidates running in Tuesday’s election showed their interest and concern for taxpayers with Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls on March 31st at the 7th meeting of the Mayors’ task force. Over 40 people attended the meeting discussing the City’s future in the aftermath of a re-evaluation increased 40% of citizen’s taxes drastically and devalued many citizens’ investments in their properties. Mayor St. Marie-Carls Task Group meetings are truly helping citizens talk to each other and share their needs for the future! In reality the new St. Francis City Council after April 5th will work together civilly and respectfully for the common good with Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls, meetings such as March 31st have been proof of that.

With candidates running for 3 spots up for election on City Council regularly attending the Mayor’s Task meetings, the claims of Council President Don Brickner in the Journal/Sentinel of Feuds with the Mayor St. Marie-Carls don’t add up? Whose addition is being used? Not the citizens? Brickner as Council President, claims “the City is working on” the re-evaluation issue, when no action has been made on the City Council floor on the issue, except to renew the same assessing company, Associated Appraisals contract again? Citizens have voiced their concern with Associated Appraisal saying that 100% of the houses should have had an on-site inspection when indeed only about 68% did. Citizens also have expressed concern about the way appraisals were done and the experience and training of inspectors.

Incumbent Don Brickner, running for re-election in District 2 Alderman against opponent Shawn Feirer, in the City of St. Francis was the only “no show” at the March 31st meeting task group meeting to listen to citizens. Brickner also is the same Alderman who continues to divert attention from taxation leading actions against the Mayor with the current City Council. However it is clear that the candidates running for newly elected Council seats have joined the Mayor is listening to citizens and will have a different perspective and approach after April 5th.

Citizens continue to step up and voice their concern:
Mario Iacono on Iowa Avenue spoke publically about his higher taxes he was having trouble finding the money to pay on March 31st at the Mayor’s Task Group meeting that took place at the 42 Ale House. Mario talked of his taxes going up beyond his belief and his efforts to keep his property in good condition, but spoke with passion several times about the unfairness of being assessed higher than his neighbors by so much. Carol and Ed Wagner spoke up on April 2nd that they came to seek help to pay their taxes that almost doubled. They have paid “under protest” like so many others in St. Francis in the last 3 months.

* All candidates: Janis Schandel for District 1; LuAnne Coyne and Ken Tutaj for District 3 and Shawn Fierer for District 2 have attended the majority of the 7 Mayor Task Group meetings, taking hours of their time to listen to the public’s concerns. *Exception - Don Brickner, incumbent in District 2 attended only 2 meetings.

Mayor has always Questioned and tackled complicated issues for fairness to all citizens:
The fact is that Mayor has always stood up to Don Brickner, from the “get go” in 2012. She has questioned his methods of working the boundaries of the “Letter of the Law”. The Mayor also has had questions with his insistence to “call” him and not send him emails, when the City provides a tablet at taxpayer expense for emailing. Brickner recently told Mayor St. Marie-Carls he still is holding it against her that she made an inquiry in 2012 to the Sheriff’s Department about something he said to her. Brickner is a Milwaukee County Correctional Officer and the Mayor simply followed up on Brickner’s statements to her about “checking out” applicants for licenses as chair of the License Committee; she thought this was questionable activity. Brickner contents that Mayor St. Marie-Carls threatened his livelihood and job, the Mayor contents her priority is equal enforcement of the law when it comes to the “livelihood” of law abiding St. Francis citizens.

Also, when asked about his recent extensive comments in the Journal Sentinel, Brickner said, “I was called”. The Mayor’s inquires concluded that fact the Journal contacted Brickner as a result of his friend, Mike Ferentz’s, call to the Journal. Ferentz, failed to comply with City ordinance for 12 years until he got a stipulation from the City that settled years of complaints about his violation of the terrace planting ordinance; that is after Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls pushed the issue. The issue was settled with no fees charged to the Ferentz after years of expenses on the issue by the City.

Do claims need a fact check here? What does add up…. is that Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls has been working together with Candidates running for office to listen to people like Mario Iacono, who is following the American dream and has been a law abiding citizen. “It is people like Mario I am standing up for” stated Mayor St. Marie-Carls. “ I work for the common good and don’t let my past differences get in the way of future success, I don’t give up on that” Mario is depending on me and the Candidates running for Alderman that have unified around that principal with me; that was clear at our Task Group meeting March 31st”, stated Mayor St. Marie-Carls.

Mayor’s Task Group notes are all posted on:
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