Tag Archives: Batavia

Taxpayers? What Taxpayers?

When the Batavia School Board makes decisions, it doesn’t care one bit what the people who must pay for their pet projects think. When 8,627* voters, by a margin of roughly 3-t0-1, tell the School Board “no” to borrowing $15 … Continue reading

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Council Cured, School Board Worsens

The Batavia City Council has recovered its sensibilities. In a 11-3 vote, they decided to find a final $150,000 to cut from the budget so they wouldn’t have to raise taxes. However, the Batavia School Board has become more deaf. … Continue reading

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The Fever is Spreading

It’s not just the School District anymore; the City has caught the tax/spend fever. They’re even using the same rhetoric: “We have to tax all we can now in case we can’t raise taxes later.” Governor Rauner’s proposal to freeze … Continue reading

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Why Not Dryden?

Why should Batavia voters vote GRO–Gabriel, Rechenmacher, Olache–for Batavia School Board Tuesday, April 7, and not Dryden? The following came out of an email discussion with a concerned voter: While I did agree with John Dryden on the issue of … Continue reading

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Vote GRO

Bill Gabriel, Ron Rechenmacher, and Michelle Olache, forming the team GRO Batavia, have a website at grobatavia.org . It’s well worth looking at. Besides their platform of “First Class Education, Sustainable Future, Lower Tax Burden, Greater Transparency, Community Dialogue, and … Continue reading

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Batavia Should Consider Itself Lucky

Batavia should consider itself lucky that it got the River St. arch for a mere $118,000. It could have been worse. Just look at what Altamanu, the designer of the arch, did to….er, I mean,…for Chicago’s Fulton Market District. That … Continue reading

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An Effective City Council?

Tuesday night the Batavia City Council did something amazing: they listened to the people, they asked questions, they thought for themselves, they pushed back against Staff (and the Mayor), and they did good. They did their jobs representing the citizens … Continue reading

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