President Birutis August 2011 Letter to Editor Daily Herald

August 26, 2011

Village Government, Winfield 411

In response to Trustee Tim Allen’s Aug. 11 letter to the editor, it is clear that Tim will continue misleading residents and slandering other board members. He will continue to make up facts, hoping the residents can be fooled — like the idea that he just found an additional $208,020 of red-light camera revenue that could be used on the roads.

As Trustee Jay Olson clearly explained, the money has been already allocated for expenses in the current budget and is not new found money. In Allen’s letter, he even changed the actual votes at the Aug. 4 board meeting just to suit his story. Trustee Olson voted against Allen’s $208,020 amendment, and the trustee vote was 4-2 against Allen’s amendment. Please review the Aug. 4 minutes at village hall.

Not satisfied, Allen actually reconstructed the board meeting video on his political blog site by cleverly making the meeting sound differently. If you would like to see what really happened at the board meeting please get a tape of the actual meeting at village hall.

If Trustee Allen really wants to fix our roads, there are two options: 1. Slash the village budget drastically. 2. Accept the fact that we need to ask the voters in a referendum to help pay for the roads.

Do not hide the fact that you want to push through a backdoor referendum that can increase taxes without voter approval. Be honest with our residents and ask them to vote on this important issue. Picking off small line items and telling residents you found money is not going to solve a multimillion dollar issue.

Stop wasting time on minutia. Stop lying about what I said and how I voted. Stop trying to be clever in your letters/blogs and start working as a team to fix our roads.

Deborah Birutis

Winfield Village President

(letter reprinted with permission)

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