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NBCRG Speaks

Dolores Karner blogs on behalf of the New Berlin Citizens for Responsible Government, whose mission is to inform the public about significant issues and to recommend public action when deemed necessary. The NBCRG believes government officials and their employees should be accountable for their actions or lack of actions. The group also recruits and endorses candidates to public office who best express the positions taken by this organization.

Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance

As we celebrate the Fourth of July, the following commentary by Red Skelton seems appropriate.  As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton's teachers explained the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class.  Skelton later wrote it down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture.  It is followed by an observation of his own.

I -- Me; an individual, a committee of one.

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New Berlin Annual School Board Meeting

The New Berlin Annual School Board meeting is scheduled on Monday, July 25, 2011 at the New Berlin West PAC at 7:30 P.M. 

The Annual Meeting of the District is pure democracy in action.  Community members will vote on the minutes of last year's meeting, the upcoming annual levy, and other District business.  This is a great opportunity for you to express direct feedback to the District, as well as to take part in the direction of your school system.  If you have questions about the process, Board members will be pleased to provide answers as they would like to see more people involved.

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New Berlin City Center

How did New Berlin get into the mess we are faced with today in the MSP low-income housing project?

At the May 3, 2010 Plan Commission meeting Mayor Jack Chiovatero laid out his support for the MSP project and the Plan Commission voted to approve the MSP project by a vote of 4-3, with Mayor Chiovatero casting the deciding vote, despite the fact New Berlin citizens had been told the City Center was going to consist of primarily high-end retail shops and owner-occupied condominiums.

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New Berlin School Board Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the School Board was held on Monday, July 25.  The Board deserves a great deal of gratitude for the professional and orderly meeting this year.

The good news for taxpayers is the preliminary budget presented at the meeting assumes the current curriculum will remain at the same level.  The budget does not include any significant reduction in programs nor layoff of staff and yet the property taxes levy will be lower.  Property taxes are the primary funding source for the School District of New Berlin, accounting for 76% of revenues.  The recommended property tax levy of $45,424,746 is less than last year.  The decrease is caused by the reduction in revenue limit authority offset by a reduction in general state aid.

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