It would be a big step to help Milwaukee catch up to the rest of the country in the transit department. Look at these facts, thanks to Nicholas Reindl:
Minneapolis, 387,753 residents. Rail transit? YesAnd everyone knows that those other cities are actually growing while Milwaukee is lucky to just keep its head above water.
Portland, 593,820 residents. Rail Transit? Yes
Denver, 619,968 residents. Rail Transit? Yes
Pittsburgh, 307,484 residents.Rail Transit? Yes
Cleveland, 393,806 residents. Rail Transit? Yes
Salt Lake City, 189,899 residents. Rail Transit? Yes
Milwaukee, 599,867 residents. Rail Transit? No
In my previous article, I pointed out how State Representative Dale Kooyenga, who likes to pander to well-moneyed special interests, was introducing a bill that would sabotage the streetcar because there were special interests that wanted the federal funding that would have gone to the streetcar.
Kooyenga's plan would force the cost of moving telecommunication cables onto the property taxpayers of the City of Milwaukee and give AT&T a pass.
But this is not surprising.
Thanks to Bill Sell, we can see that AT&T is most definitely a taker. They get to enjoy all the amenities that we all do. Things like police, firefighters, Emergency Medical Services, plowed streets, etc. But unlike us, they don't have to pay for it.
Look at how much they paid in taxes on their property assessed at $12.6 million:
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Now do you understand why your taxes are so high and why we can't have nice things?