The Chaska Herald published their pre-election Q&As with the Mayor and City Council candidates this week. As is typical in these sorts of questionnaires, there’s a lot of mushy language and unwillingness to commit to specifics. Let’s dig in, though, and see who did the worst (and best):
Worst spin: Mark Windschitl
I am not a fan of raising taxes, especially in these economic times. That is why the council and I voted to keep the tax levy the same for next year.
When you raise tax rates, you are raising taxes. Period. Don’t try to weasel out of what you voted for — if there are legitimate reasons for your vote, then stand behind it.
Best new idea: Charles Stech
What if I told you there was a business that has hundreds of customers every day in downtown and has outgrown its current location. Should we try and keep it? Yes. This business is the Carver County Library. Give the land (keep the Met Council grant) for a joint powers agreement to build a library/learning area.
Putting a new library on the former Ohnsorg site might be the proper way to thread the needle with the issue the city is having with finding a suitable development for the former Ohnsorg corner. A new library would definitely serve a public purpose and would be compatible with the surrounding park area.