To the Editor:
There are several errors I’d like to address in a letter to the editor in the Aug. 3 issue.
The Little Falls City Council is not led by Mayor VanRisseghem. Don Klinker, the Council chair, leads the Council as deemed by the City Charter. The mayor has only one vote.
The current bonded indebtedness for the city of Little Falls, according to the 2013 audit, is just over $21 million, (not $24.697 million) a decrease of over $11 million since Mayor Cathy VanRisseghem took office.
Mayor VanRisseghem has stated many times that she is committed to getting the splash pad built with community support and not taxpayers’ money, and she will.
The Council has proven that it is a high priority to pay down debt before they incur more debt. The proposed 0.5 percent tax will not incur more debt. It will be revenue from voluntary sales.
The mayor and council have also kept the police and fire departments high on their priority list, as well as infrastructure, water and sewer. None of this will be threatened by the tax.
Many towns throughout Minnesota enjoy wonderful amenities because they’ve agreed to this tax. It’s time the citizens of Little Falls invest in their community. — Jayme Solem, Little Falls