Quote for the Day…
My favorite childhood memory is having energy. – Unknown
Caught My Eye (CME) is the once-a-week column that is posted every Friday morning. This is when I look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.
Here are some of the things that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Raising Taxes
- Great Falls Homeless Issue
- Drag Story Hour
- Flight Over The Falls 2022
The Electric reported this week that the Great Falls City Commissioners voted unanimously during their July 19 meeting to adopt the budget and their intent to raise property taxes.
I think it’s appropriate at this time to name the commissioners who voted to raise taxes on the hardworking folks in Great Falls:
- Mayor Bob Kelly
- Commissioner Eric Hinebauch
- Commissioner Joe McKenney
- Commissioner Rick Tryon
- Commissioner Susan Wolff
As an FYI – Kelly, Hinebauch, and Tryon’s terms end December 31, 2023. They are next up for reelection if they decide to run again.
One of the commissioners said things like “their hands are tied” and “We honestly have no choice” in trying to justify the increase.
That may sound good to the uneducated followers, but it’s not the truth.
The fiscal conservatives on the commission failed us.
The Mayor said there should have been more public participation in the process. It seemed to me that no matter what amount of participation, the commission was bound and determined to raise our taxes.
The Electric reported that the total impact to a property owner with a residential home with a taxable value of $100,000 would be $11.59 for the year. That might not sound like much, but many homes have a taxable value a lot higher than $100k.
With the way the economy is these days, the commission should have waited for better days to stick it to us. Shame on them.
Read the complete report from The Electric HERE.
GREAT FALLS HOMELESS ISSUE:
Apparently, the First United Methodist Church will prohibit tents and camping on their downtown property effective Aug. 1. That is according to several reports, including this one from The Electric.
On social media, the homeless haters loved the news. The new thing for the haters to say to those who care about the homeless is to ask them to let them camp on your property or to ask, “What have you done to help the homeless.”
The homeless haters in Great Falls, which includes some elected officials, have shown very little compassion or leadership.
The truth is that the homeless issue is not going away in Great Falls. Although they cannot camp on church property, they will find other places to stay.
Now is the time to address the homeless issue instead of just hoping that they will be out of sight and out of mind.
Thanks to the First United Methodist Church for trying to help the homeless.
DRAG STORY HOUR:
The Montana Free Press (MTFP) is reporting that an annual Drag Story Hour event for children is scheduled to take place as planned in Helena this weekend during one of Montana’s LGBTQ Pride celebrations, even as law enforcement organizations track threats against the event posted online by a self-proclaimed member of the Oath Keepers, a national anti-government militia group.
There have been death threats:
MTFP also reported that Montana Pride President Kev Hamm described much of the online critique as coming from “childish bigots,” but said his organization is taking the threats seriously. Hamm said he and other Montana Pride organizers have received more death threats in the lead-up to this week’s festivities than in years past. He said Pride events and celebrations of the LGBTQ community aren’t deterred.
We sure have a lot of people in Montana who are bigots. That hurts our state. We need to be better.
Read the complete story from MTFP HERE.
FLIGHT OVER THE FALLS 2022:
Just a reminder that the USAF Thunderbirds will be performing in Great Falls, Montana, this weekend, July 23-24. The event will be held at Great Falls International Airport. It’s free!
For more information, click HERE.