Upset with councilor’s commment

To the Editor:

Last night, at the North Branch City Council work session meeting, Councilmember Kathy Blomquist made the following statement: “… why should we change the fee and/or tax structure when only one business is complaining…?”   What is wrong with this person. Is she really that ignorant or fond of making inane statements.

Just because there may be only one business standing up to the financial tyranny of the North Branch City Council does not by any stretch of the imagination really indicate others are not in the same or similar position. Facts are, the local business community has met a few times to discuss the dysfunctional City administration.

Sadly the majority of these people are afraid to stand up for fear of retaliation from the City. Typically the retaliation would be of a financial nature, permit hassles, etc.

We have all heard about the recall process in Wisconsin, I am sure if the citizens of North Branch had that option available a housecleaning would be in the works. Councilmember should make a public apology to the business she is denigrating.

John von Lange

North Branch

  • MO

    Jon, Jon Jon,

    I’d like to join with you and criticize the city fees and taxes Jon, and in an assortment of ways I do that on my own, but these are necessary things and very much part of life sir. Now don’t get me wrong, I too think they’ve dug a hole and leaped in head first, but for you to insinuate wanting to start a Wisconsin style conflict against the board is a little over the top don’t you think? Also, for you to speak for other businesses is way out of line, “retaliation” what’s that all about? Just an FYI, it’s not 1940 with mobsters and union thugs anymore Jon, so take off your combat helmet and kick back will you? Also, leave us business owners out of your monthly tizzy fits too, we’ll speak for ourselves thank you.
    By the way, I haven’t been asked to these secret business meetings of yours either, please keep us all informed with times and places will you? I haven’t called anyone dysfunctional or a tyrant and I wouldn’t, I have though, thanked them for taking personal time out of their busy lives and doing the best they can by working for all involved, have you?
    Problems occur, and better yet, so do solutions, if we work together! The city of North Branch is in no way dissimilar to the rest of the country, or a large amount of households for that matter, insufficient funds and out of control spending. Therefore, get that problem under control and letters like yours may very well end.

  • DanP

    What business do you own? Must be one with little or no tax base. Maybe tax exempt like County Market or Shopko?

  • MO

    Really, that was your comment, why would you attack me like that? You don’t deserve an answer nor do I really think you were looking for one. First impression of your post was that you may have other problems above and beyond worrying about what business I own. I do own and pay more in taxes than I care to, but like I’ve acknowledged prior, that’s how the system works.
    Let me know when you and your companion Jon set up another gathering, I’d really like to attend.

  • DanP

    Mo, you never answered any of my questions. So you must be from one of the ones I mentioned, because no one in their right mind would want to do business here. Unless you were a corporation and got a tax break. I have lived in this town for the last 32 years to know!! I want an answer, I am not in John’s group but feel the same way he does. So you can answer me on here and it will be between you and I!

  • mike

    I think “MO” must be a council person or works for the city or something. Probably does not even own a business! Either that or he rents a spot in town and has no idea what property taxes run. It is INSANE SIR!! Some people pay more on there buildings then what the average household in this town brings home! This is not Forest lake or Cambridge! Stop thinking it is. With the way this town is run, it will never be either!

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