Monday, January 26, 2015

Vaught, in His Own Words, Denigrates 25% of Shawnee's Population

On March 26, 2012 there was an item posted on this blog here 

One of the items in that post dealt with Jeff "The Arrogant One" belittling and denigrating people who rented in Shawnee by saying they don't have a stake in Shawnee.  This is 25% of the residents of Shawnee.

Now, you don't have to read what was said, you can hear Vaught, in his own words, by scrolling down to the You Tube link.

Quick additional background:  I was in the audience and Vaught decided to use his position on the dais to attack me, and by virtue of what he said, all people in Shawnee who rent.  He said even though we pay property taxes in our rent, because we don't have property tax receipts we don't have a stake in the city.  Strange logic.  Just like everybody else we pay personal property taxes on vehicles, franchise fees on utilities, sales tax on purchases etc.  And yes, landlords don't give renters a free ride on property taxes.

Oh if you are wondering where the 25% figure comes from that's easy.  The city has over 6,300 multi family units.  That does not include duplexes, fourplexes and single residences that are rentals. Multiply those numbers by the average number of folks in a residence and you come up with approximately 25%

Now  "His Arrogance" is running for mayor.  Who wants a mayor who feels that 25% of the folks in the city don't have a stake in that city?

I'm really going to enjoy seeing who provides him with endorsements.  Better yet, it will be interesting to see who provides financial support to his campaign.  By default, you have to surmise that they agree with his analysis concerning renters.

Here it is, in his own words: