Little Suamico board shuts down dialogue

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To the editor:

Now that the town of Little Suamico has removed the three-minute public comment from the town’s agenda this month because board members do not want to be transparent, I will outline a few items that all citizens should know about.

In 2015, Little Suamico hired R&R Assessing out of Oconto Falls for three years to do a maintenance assessment. When the first-year maintenance assessment was done, over 490 properties were assessed, and R&R left off 69 properties with major improvements and did not increase their property taxes, throwing off the town’s equalization. We found this out after requesting a list from R&R of the properties that he did assessments on.

We brought this information to the board of review and the town board, and it fell on deaf ears. In fact, when R&R was on the agenda in October 2016 to explain the assessment, David Pribyl said R&R did a “fine job.” Because of the non-response by our town board, we filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. It found R&R Assessing violated laws and assessment statutes. R&R has to do corrections for the properties that were not taxed properly.

In September 2016, a $3,000 cashier’s check was given to the town by resident David Szela and deposited in the town’s account to have Clay and Park streets closed. In December 2016, application was filed for Park and Clay street closures and went before the board at a special meeting on March 22, 2017. I filed an FOIA request for an itemized statement of the $3,000 and Little Suamico refused. When this meeting occurred on March 22, we did not receive complete answers on the street closures, and this application was postponed to an indefinite future date. Concerns were brought up about a culvert placed on a town road (River Street) by resident David Szela, and as of this date we still have not received an answer if there was a permit applied for.

When a town refuses public comment at monthly meetings, it shuts down the dialogue between residents and the town board. Citizens then lose trust and credibility in their town board.

Beth Trudell,

Little Suamico