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January 9, 2013

READERS' LETTERS: Candidate defends reasons for running

CAMANCHE — I am taking issue with certain words and phrasing in the Jan. 1 letter signed by members of the Camanche City Council.

The letter refers to the flyer outlining my position and the reasons I am running in the special election on Feb. 12, 2013.

First: Careful thought was given to the “14 ways to improve our community” flyer — ideas based on information gleaned during my attendance at almost all of the Camanche City Council meetings for the last two years. So, not misinformation, my opinion.

Secondly: I have never threatened city employees.

My suggestion for downsizing city payroll is a fiscal responsibility, not a personal threat.

My position is very clear. I am a conservative and as such, feel that the citizens of Camanche would benefit greatly by having me represent them as part of a checks-and-balances system.

If any Camanche voters would like to meet with me to discuss my position and candidacy, you may contact me at (563) 212-9022.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Charles Blount,

Camanche

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I was rather puzzled by the letter to the editor from the councilmen from the city of Camanche.

Apparently someone running for the vacant councilman’s seat said the city council was “being out of touch with the economy and real needs of the community.” The Camanche City Council stated that “inaccurate information and unfounded criticism are detrimental and have no place in local politics.” Well, I wonder if any of the city council members watched the Presidential debates. I think the individual running for the vacant seat was rather mild compared to what Romney and Obama threw out at the American public.

You feel that the “property tax rate and utility rates are reasonable.” The taxes in Clinton County are among the highest in the nation.

I have helped 25 property owners with reducing their inflated property taxes over the last six years.

I have folders upon folders on property and property taxes across the United States as well as in Europe. So I think you are out of touch in regard to property taxes.

I must agree, the water and sewer were reasonable. But back in September 2008, you had a 32 percent rate increase and that put you out of the reasonable column. Not as bad as the city of Clinton but getting close since they took over control.

You feel that “you worked hard to reduce costs of the Washington Boulevard project and are very pleased with the way the financing worked out.”

Well, with the inflated property tax “bubble” in Clinton County eight years ago, the city of Camanche should have had so much in cash reserves that you should have been able to pay cash for the project and had plenty left over to install sidewalks throughout the city.

You can take a turn off Washington Boulevard and go east one block, two blocks, three blocks with no sidewalks. So all that being said, I feel you are out of touch with the economy and real needs of this community.

Terry Krogman,

Camanche

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