The Davenport aldermen's and mayor's "hold the line" position is at best typically disingenuous political spin. More accurately, especially to residential taxpayers, it is simply dishonest. Even if they "hold the line" on the city's tax rate, the residential taxpayers will have a 3.41-percent increase in their property-tax bills. In the current economy, with no inflation, no reasonable basis exists for Davenport to impose a tax increase on its citizens. Adding an insult to this tax increase, the city will use the increase to pay $3 million more for public-employee costs when private-sector income is dropping. Every (non-union-sponsored) study comparing private-sector to public-sector pay shows our public employees are considerably overpaid. If the city truly wants to "hold the line," then follow the private sector's lead - start aggressively outsourcing the overpaid city jobs.

Mark Nelson
Davenport

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