Questions Urbana taxpayers should ask their elected officials
- Why is the City of Urbana operating in an ongoing budget deficit?
- 2013 was the only time that a few Carle properties were removed from the tax rolls – which begs the question of how can they hold Carle responsible when there was no prior impact due to Carle, yet budget deficits were accepted and perpetuated for many years?
- Is the property tax rate really designed to cover long-term structural deficits in the city's budget? Why hasn't the mayor told the public the truth about this?
- What expenses is the city reducing so it can live within its means?
- What is the city of Urbana doing to create an environment conducive to economic growth?
- Has the city of Urbana spent its share of the protested property tax money that was supposed to be held in escrow until the current litigation is resolved?
- Has the city of Urbana spent any interest that has accrued on the escrowed money?
- After numerous offers, why won't the City of Urbana settle the property tax litigation with Carle? By doing so, the taxpayers of Urbana would have more available revenue for vital services and growth.
- Why was the 2,300% ambulance business fee necessary? Will that improve emergency response services, or simply go to the city's budget?
Carle has been more than willing to settle the ongoing property tax litigation, as it did with Urbana School District and Urbana Park District. If a settlement could be reached under similar terms, the City of Urbana would see no effect to their tax revenues due to Carle for up to six years.