Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Joliet Mayoral Candidate Dale Vollmer: "540 Million dollars came in from two gambling casinos and there's none of it left. We're Broke."

Responding to a question about term limits at the Plainfield Township Republican candidate forum, Joliet mayoral candidate Dale Vollmer considered that Joliet may need term limits, saying:  "I believe that not having term limits got us into the position that we're in today.  We have councilmen that have been there year after year after year after year and I could say that 20 times.  I think they get a feeling where they have a right to the office and they don't have to do what's right.  That's why we're broke.  540 million dollars came in from them two gambling casinos and there's none of it left, we're broke.  Maybe we do need term limits.  I'm not for them.  But I think that's why we're in this position.  If we get new blood every four years, we might not be in the situation we're in now.  But that's where we're at, that's the reality of it, there's no money."

I think Vollmer has a point.  

Warren Dorris responded to Vollmer's comments: "Let me defend the city.  We did get a lot of money from riverboat gaming. What did we do with it?  We cut our property tax 42%,  we eliminated city stickers, we built a west side library, we helped build a ballpark, we did some wonderful things.  We gave most of the money back to the citizens.  And right now we have some issues.  No one saw the downturn coming in 2008. No one.  We did have a reserve.  Why did we have a reserve?  Because we put the money away.  It's easy to be a Monday morning quarterback, but it's not time to turn this city over to someone who's a trainee.  We need people who really know the system, who can put a plan together, and make change.  We spent the money. Where did we spend it?  We gave most of it back.  We've got issues now, we need to come together and address them."

See for yourself: