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Ray Rannfeldt

June 25, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor,

Know The Numbers

All city financial information is available to Reinbeck citizens

City assets of Reinbeck is obligated to maintain by law

Sewer disinfection system (due 2018) $500,000

City Assets Needing Attention SoonEstimated Total

New cemetery maintenance building roof $4000

Repair slide at pool $2000

New city hall fitness center roof $3000

Repair/replace cemetery drives $75000

Repair park shelter houses $25000

Resurface tennis courts $15000

Remove trees and stumps at parks $15000

Paint pool $5000

Replace dilapidated picnic tables and benches $3000

City infrastructure replacement (phase 1 of 4) $940000

Storm water management up date $375000

Estimated Total (Without Mandatory Sewer Project Noted Above) $1,462,000.00

WantsEstimated Total

Replace pool bathhouse $100000

Replace city dump truck $100000

Replace one pickup truck $30000

Complete walking and biking trail throughout parks $130000

Add new/larger fitness center $250000

Pave park gravel parking lots $200000

Total $810,000.00

Not Required

Day care Expansion Request $180,000

As I said in an earlier editorial, the city must take care of its needs (including legal obligations) before it addresses its wants and gives away money, even if that money has been donated.

Fire, EMS, library, police, city hall, etc. departments all suffered a 5-10% cut in their budgets this year to make city expenditures meet revenues.

As you review the numbers above, ask yourself where this money is going to come from.

Even IF the day care generated more tax dollars to the city, it would not come close to

meeting the city's needs. In short, our city must keep every dollar and shrink expenditures

even more plus find ways to generate the necessary funds to operate.

Talk to your council members and have them rescind the vote to give away our city's precious dollars.

Ray Rannfeldt




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