In this months Metropolitan Magazine they interviewed Jake Day about Downtown Salisbury. You know me, I can't resist.
Let's start off by asking each and every one of you what you actually KNOW about Jim Ireton and Jake Day's plans for Downtown Salisbury. You see, Jake likes to pull answers that sound good out of his hat. He said, I want it to be a safe, diverse place where people live and work. Hey Jake, No Crap! Man, you really have me impressed already.
So Jake, do tell us, WHY ISN'T IT ALREADY? Can you blame it on the property owners who invested millions of dollars in the first place. Is it THEIR fault? Oh, but you and Jimmy will fix that and do us all a favor for once, right?
The problem is and will always be, the City is run by a school teacher who has been a government employee his entire life. They want to sell off parking lots for 10 cents on a dollar and build 500 subsidized housing units because they feel it will revitalize Downtown, BS! This coming from a group of Idiots who keep hiring Firefighters, yet there's rarely a fire. A group of Idiots who won't INVEST in the Police Department who is completely understaffed and responding to 60,000 calls a year while the Fire Department rarely has more than 12 fire calls a year. Yeah, I want to be enthusiastic and optimistic about Jake Day and Jim Ireton just because they want me to be, not.
Jake wants Downtown to be safe, that's what he's quoted as saying. OK Jake, why don't you look at the calls for service in Downtown. You know what Jake, Downtown has fewer calls than ANY other area in the City. So why are you trying to impress upon the public Downtown isn't safe? Better yet, WHY does the public have the impression Downtown isn't safe, when it is. I can answer part of that Folks.
About a year ago I mentioned the homeless sleeping on the Plaza. We confronted the Mayor and he responded by saying he would be violating their rights if he removed them and the City could get sued. Interesting, I'm sure their lawyers are lining up and can't wait for you to make a move. The City can't even manage this problem, how can you ask us to be enthusiastic and optimistic?
When your Mayor and Council President can't even impress upon the public their creative ideas and how they plan on getting it done, well, I give up right there. I asked early on in this Post, what do you actually KNOW about Jim Ireton and Jake Day's plans for Downtown Salisbury. Can you tell us? Or does it all just sound good that they want it "safe". They don't want to tell you an actual plan because if they did you'd come to learn whatever it is they plan on doing is going to cost YOU millions of dollars. They ran an election on sound bites.
So how do you revitalize Downtown Salisbury. You do so by offering incentives. You do so by marketing great opportunities businesses had no idea we offered. I said it during my campaign. Our taxes are very low here. The County has started to remove the inventory tax and that's a great start. Heck, SU and UMES are buying up almost everything available close to them and it comes off the tax roll. Offer incredible tax incentives in which businesses would love to revitalize a building if they got tax breaks over time. Better that we get something, rather than NOTHING.
Provide better Police presence and you start by hiring more Police Officers investing good money after good money. Encourage more Volunteer Firefighters and less paid Firefighters, this way it doesn't actually cost you money to hire new Police Officers. CLEAN UP DOWNTOWN first and make it BRIGHT. Be PROUD of what you have and when people drive by at night they can see the incredible architecture. Show the tax paying public YOU as a City are serious about investing into Downtown. Think about it Folks, just how many years have we heard Barrie Tilghman and Jim Ireton's BS about revitalizing Downtown! How's it working for you after 16 years?
INSTEAD, the taxpayers have invested, (recently) over $1,000,000.00 in the Salisbury Zoo, which is FREE to anyone who wants to go. The Zoo isn't bringing in any income to the City like Downtown Salisbury does. Your Mayor and Council President are clueless. They don't want to show you any RELIEF in your taxes. They don't want to be challenged, (especially by me) into bringing incentives and businesses to Downtown Salisbury because that's the answer.
To those of you who want to say I'm only bringing the City of Salisbury down, sometimes you have to bring something to its knees and hit rock bottom before you can build it back up again. I'm not just critical, I offer solutions in this article as well. YOU have every right to offer your opinion in comments. However, I have invested 9 years of my life bringing these kinds of things to your attention. YOU need to start participating and take your City back. You have no idea how important your comments are. These people need to know how we feel about these feel good words and lack of action. They need to know you can't take any more tax increases any more. If you can't be at a City Council Meeting, be heard right here and now through comments. If you think for a second it isn't read directly by them your sadly mistaken.
We have people who serve our country every day and unfortunately many of them die for YOUR rights. All you have to do is comment. No one is asking you to sign on a dotted line and risk your life. Agree or disagree, start making a difference right here and now.