Letter: Hopkins Mayor Backs Callison for County Board

"She has worked cooperatively with the City of Hopkins and other neighboring cities."


To the editor:

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Jan Callison for County
Commissioner with Hennepin County.

She has worked cooperatively with the City of Hopkins and other neighboring
cities. She assisted the City of Hopkins with ongoing infrastructure projects such as Shady Oak Road and SWLRT as well as working on grants for Shady Oak Beach, Little League Fields and many other projects within the City of Hopkins.

Recently she assisted us in the transition of our City of Hopkins dispatch to Hennepin County. Her dedication of time and effort helped this transition go smoothly and she was instrumental in this process.

It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Jan Callison and I highly recommend her for the Hennepin County Commissioner position.

Gene Maxwell

Mayor, City of Hopkins

Dave Lloyd October 17, 2012 at 03:38 AM
So, we learn again that mayors support candidates who send dollars to their cities from other taxing districts. I read on this blog that Hopkins got 911 money from Hennepin County and saved Hopkins a ton of money. And, mayors are all for light rail. So, the scam is to complain that the state won't give out enough money, except, cities want money handed out for light rail, etc. which may increase the property tax base, more property taxes, and more city spending. The game continues. Here's something else that is just odd. A Hennepin County Commissioner makes $97,000 per year and a state representative about $31,000. Voters spend alot of time on personalities and not enough time on the facts. You have a chance to change that. Vote Wahlstedt.
David Arvidson October 17, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I as well support Dave Wahlstedt, I will work with him to make sure no public monies go to Light rail, if this train wreck can not pay for itself, we simply can't afford it.
cheryl youakim October 17, 2012 at 09:46 PM
As a member of the Hopkins City Counicl I would like to echo Mayor Gene Maxwell's statement in support of Jan Callison. She has helped the City of Hopkins make sure we are getting value from the tax dollars that Hopkins residents are sending to Hennepin County. She has always been responsive to our cities needs and responsible with our citizens tax dollars.
James Warden (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Just a clarification: Hopkins didn't get 911 money from Hennepin County. Hopkins was helping to pay for a county dispatch center it didn't use while also paying for its own 911 dispatch center. Because of that, Hopkins residents were in effect paying twice—once for local dispatch service and again for county dispatch service they didn’t fully take advantage of. Moving to Hennepin County dispatch made it more efficient for taxpayers—saving Hopkins money without any commensurate increase for the county. The controversy arose because the county couldn't do this for every city. If enough cities chose to do this, the county would eventually have to pay to increase capacity. County commissioners also wanted to discourage cities from jumping on at a whim. In November 2004, county commissioners approved a resolution barring those who declined county dispatch at the time from joining on for at least eight years.
Dave Lloyd October 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Fabulous, Cheryl. The point I was trying to make and you drove it home well on my behalf. We get it, Jan brings home the government pork to Hopkins. It's all about the collective in the DFL until a city wants its share. Hopkins could pay itself for the things it needs without also taking Hennepin County and or state dollars. I suggest everyone reading this now consider hard whether they should ever vote for Callison, Maxwell, or Youakim. Hemingway wrote that bankruptcy occurs, “Slowly, then all at once.” It's nice to get another government to pay for your wants and needs. Short term, you think it's really smart. Then you realize you also live in Hennepin County and Minnesota and have your "OH S%^$" moment. Next you'll be quoting that Arne Carlson says it's easy to either responsibly cut spending or responsibly raise taxes. Guess when you are governor during the tech revolution you think this government management thing is easy. Who was his successor? Seems we were so happy with his style we got Jesse Ventura. Great. Hopkins, you vote for Callison, I guess, but the rest of us better vote for Wahlstedt or Hopkins will get all your money.
Dave Lloyd October 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Thanks, James. Hopkins saved money. The County can't do this for every city. Got it.
cheryl youakim October 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Thank you James for clarifying the facts for Mr. Lloyd. He must not have read your original Hopkins Patch article regarding Hopkins dispatch. But then again, I wouldn't expect him to be a regular reader of the Hopkins Patch since he lives in Minnetonka.
Dave Lloyd October 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Thanks, again Cheryl or James or whomever I'm now debating. I don't need the newspaper guy to fight my battle. Again, Cheryl or James, the point is why should I vote for Callison to give Hopkins favor since, I DON'T LIVE IN HOPKINS. Vote Wahlstedt.
James Warden (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I'm not trying to debate you Mr. Lloyd. As I noted, the county faced a legitimate policy question with Hopkins' dispatch center request. There are capacity limits, and it's not something it could do for every city in the county without cost increases. All I wanted to note was that there was no 911 money that went to Hopkins. The city was just allowed to use existing capacity that was going unused. The debate over Wahlstedt vs. Callison is for people other than myself. I sincerely welcome the participation of both you and Councilwoman Youakim on Patch.
David Arvidson October 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Runaway train spending deserves a 911 call :)
Dave Lloyd October 17, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Thanks, Mr. Warden. Using capacity has a financial benefit to Hopkins. If a citizen were given capacity, it may very well be a taxable event to them whether or not cash exchanged hands. Yes, government is different because government makes the rules. Hennepin County taxes should be used for broad Hennepin County benefit. I now pay twice. I pay for the capacity Hopkins uses and I pay Minnetonka. My rate is higher than Hopkins residents for 911. I've demonstrated constantly on this blog that government spending in part is out of control because we have feds paying states, counties, schools and cities for a certain service, and a county paying for something for a city, and cities wanting a train that is being built by other government entities, operational costs of a SW train funded in part by the state, it just never ends. This cross subsidizing is the key to out of control spending because it makes it difficult to track and manage. Voters have no idea which government is paying for what. And, subsequently, we are being taxed out of our houses. And, it's not the state's fault due to LGA, or anything else. The local governments have to grow up and take responsibility for their own spending.
David October 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Uh, if you haven't noticed, Cheryl, this post is shared on the EP and MTKA patch sites as well. And District 6 covers our areas, too. So live in your Hopkins silo of 'I got mine, so forget you" attitude if you want. Just proves why people are leaving Hopkins in droves and sending their kids to MTKA and Edina schools. Perhaps Hopkins tax payers will think a little more seriously before voting to put any of these committed collectivists back on the city council or school board. With Council members like Cheryl and Gene, it makes a lot more sense now why Yvonne Selcer was on the hopkins school board for so long. All these collectivists sticking together milking the County and State treasuries for everything they can get. But this attitude is pervasive throughout the statist left. If it's not "free money" from the Feds for Light Rail, it's grubbing for every dollar they can snatch from County and State funds. And when that fails, just run up another $120 million in debt on the tax payers' bill. Anything to feed the gaping maw of their bloated budgets and long list of cronies demanding their cut. These folks are the poster children for what's wrong with local and state governments.


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