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Friday
Jan252013

Mesa Valley District 51's Tax Spending Exposed!

VetTheGov recently located an extra $2.124 Million in surplus and after digging in a little deeper we have put together a breakdown of the spending for the Calendar Year 2012. VetTheGov used the Monthly Check Registers located on District 51's almost transparent website and used only checks written for $10,000.00 or more. You can download the VetTheGov Excel Spreadsheet here to follow along!

2012 Top Recipients of your Tax Dollars:

  1. First Student   $5,028,533.33 - Bus Program. Time to make Prius buses!
  2. Home Loan State Bank   $2,106,604.07 - Taxpayer Re-Investment Program.
  3. Xcel Energy    $1,948,501.92 - How about this energy consumption?
  4. Western Colordo FCU    $1,590,151.05 - At least some monies staying local.
  5. Grand Valley-BOCES    $1,518,972.56 - Really more layers of bureaucracy!!!
  6. Delta Dental   $1,337,323.72 - Teeth costing more than Health these days! Smile!
  7. Dell Financial SVP LP   $1,227,034.59 - Why Apple stocks aren't doing well!
  8. LOCO Inc   $976,954.67 - Cost of Fuel for these Global Warming buses!
  9. Andrews Food Service   $970,334.51 - Must be because they have cheap food!
  10. Reliastar Life Ins    $823,855.55 - Another promised benefit!
  11. Evans Newton   $687,814.34 - Consulting? Curriculum? Tough Times call them?
  12. Trane   $645,279.38 - Someone has some new AC/Heat!
  13. Meadow Gold Dairy   $594,670.50 - We all know Milk is pricey these days!
  14. Mesa Valley Edu Assoc  $546,947.32 - The all powerful Union! See where it ends up here!
  15. Colorado Dept of Edu   $470,544.26 - Must have overpaid the District or extra services!

Honorable Mentions:

Hoskin, Farina, & Kampf - $230,632.61  D51 has no staff attorney but you would think with CDE & BOCES they could afford to split a full-time attorney to handle any legal matters. Or better yet CDE & BOCES should just provide one!

Colorado West Regional Mental Health - $140,733.95  One can only wonder how many teachers and administrator's are being treated at the moment???

Gallup Marketing - $31,970.00  This was for the 3B campaign for even more of your taxes!!!

Next the Procurement Credit Card Gone WILD:

  • Jan 2012  $273,827.99
  • Feb 2012  $299,635.91
  • Mar 2012  $301,096.44
  • Apr 2012  $373,072.25
  • May 2012  $425,300.70
  • Jun 2012  $506,707.43
  • Jul 2012  $201,564.76
  • Aug 2012  $301,945.19
  • Sep 2012  $377,856.65
  • Oct 2012  $326,890.01
  • Nov 2012  $258,024.92
  • Dec 2012  $434,469.60

WOW! $4,080,391.85 in Credit Card swipes. From Amazon.com to Walmart to Lowes to plane rides and hotels, these cards get used and hopefully not abused. Now the BIGGEST question is who gets one??? What are the limits? Do they get abused? How do we know? Lot's of nickel-and-diming at these stores! Just a few questions to begin asking the School District Administration and UNISERV folks at the next School Board Meeting!

Current CASH available as of December 2012 - $31,875,277.00

Sorry didn't hear that in the we need more money budget video! Remember after 3B failed last year there was an immediate removal of School Resource Officers from several schools and fears of many schools having to close. Notice how they always flip this nonsense back on the local hard working makers by sparking emotion in the community rather than fact by pulling away funding to programs that are needed "FOR THE KIDS SAFETY!" Hopefully you now understand that District 51, CDE, CEA, The State, and The Feds are all responsible for these out of control budget issues and internal spending nightmares, NOT YOU!!!

Hear it from a recent School Board meeting that they have more funds! Thanks for visiting VetTheGov and stay tuned for more in-depth coverage of local government spending and accountability!

Saturday
May282011

Where does Union money come from and where does it go?

Unions and political parties will often focus on social issues related to so called left or right extremes during election campaigns. Why? Because it takes voters away from the real issues at hand and the BIG government promises and entitlements established years ago. Then we hear the term lock boxes and reform Medicare and we expect these issues to get resolved, right? Maybe? Wrong? Why do you think we have career politicians in place? To make sure no new blood can arrive and make real change!

So who is the force behind status quo in Washington DC? Unions? Big corporations? Retirees? If you guessed all of the above you are correct! VetTheGov has focused on the Big business Big government connection and now will place the cherry on top called Unions.

Simply follow how Union dues influence political campaigns and it sums up why they get so heavily involved. If you look at the top campaign contributions by Union's over $96 Million and 94% going to Democrat candidates. If you are working for a unionized company and pay your dues what do you get in return? Here are 5 top reasons to join a Union from SEIU's website. Are you really receiving these benfits or are they fiction?

So the war becomes the Unions versus Big Business versus the government and what becomes so intriguing is all their money comes from the same place, you the taxpayer. In a previous story by VetTheGov it dug deeper into where your tax dollars fund both the public and private sectors, and yes now you must know they fund Unions. Here is the viscous circle once again: You pay taxes that support government, the government pays public employees, the public employees give to retirement accounts, the retirement accounts invest in big corporations, the public employees give to unions, the big corporations employees give to unions, and lot's of money (dues) head right back to politicians, legislation, and State ballot measures. The real challenge is how each sector tries to out manoeuvre the other when the unsustainable models they introduce and fund run out of money. Creates many headline news stories for sure!

Let's take a recent Sentinel story here in Grand Junction regarding School District 51 budget cuts. VetTheGov was unable to find any responses to the local cuts in District 51 from the Colorado Education Association Union. Where is the protection promised to the little guy and to our educators from CEA? Here is CEA's 2009 990 showing over $10 Million in received dues and how they were spent. $6.6 Million on payroll, $1.5 million on Uniserv, and almost $1 Million on travel. CEA shows no lobbying expenditures and $87,000.00 in their Educators for Public Education Fund. Note the fund received $20,000.00 in May 2010 but no contributions towards candidates that have demonstrated support for Colorado's children. So educators, did you know your dues weren't helping State elections? It states right on the benefits to belonging that you receive full time lobbyist and grassroots support for politicians that support the causes of public education. Might be time to start asking what you actually get for your Union dues! Tony Salazar holds the title of Executive Director and Lobbyist for the organization but shows only $500.00 monthly in compensation for his lobbyist duties which appear to be monitoring versus actual influence and only part-time. However his main function of spending over $10 Million in annual dues is well compensated!

Rest assured that until Union and Big corporation monies are removed from the political convincing media buys, true reform and change will just be another campaign promise by those looking for personal gain and the Unions are at the forefront! Stay tuned as VetTheGov begins looking into Retirees and the need to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Pensions and the money Retirees give to politicians to protect their Entitlements!