As I pointed out here, Jon Russell is using his position illegally, or at least unethically, as a prop to run for Congress.
For those wondering what I'm talking about, take a look at this garbage, but have a bucket near by. You're gonna need it.
Well, I agree with him about one thing: this IS "about the message it sends."Local NewsWashougal Councilor Jon Russell led effort to reduce 1010 levy
Baird challenger flaunts record on tax cuts
Thursday, November 26 | 9:40 p.m.
BY KATHIE DURBIN
COLUMBIAN STAFF WRITERWashougal City Councilman Jon Russell says his successful push for a 1 percent reduction in the city’s property tax levy, approved by the council this week, shows he has the mettle to tackle the yawning federal budget deficit.
Jon Russell, Washoual city councilor
That deficit hit a record $1.4 trillion in the budget year that ended Sept. 30. It’s now equal to 9.9 percent of gross domestic product — more than triple the 2008 level and the highest level since the end of World War II.
Russell, who owns a community clinic, is running for Congress against U.S. Rep. Brian Baird. He successfully lobbied fellow council members to cut the levy by $40,000 when the council met in a special session Monday to set its 2010 levy.
He says he wanted to give Washougal taxpayers a break because they face state-mandated improvements in the city’s water and sewer systems that will force a 14 percent rate hike.
"We are looking at: Do we do a double-digit increase all at once, or is there a way to offset that increase in the budget?" he said.
Russell said he didn’t have to do much arm-twisting. "The majority (of the council) were already thinking about what can we do to help ease the burden on the taxpayer."
Just as important as the modest tax cut is the message the tax cut sends to taxpayers, he said.
But in this case,the message it's sending is that he's a slimy scumbag that shouldn't be voted in as a dog catcher.
Just because slimeball Tim "The Liar" Leavitt scammed the more ignorant Republicans into supporting his low life leftist ass, that doesn't mean that everyone is asleep at the switch.
THIS scumbag RAN (No matter how badly) the campaign to ram THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN OUR LOCAL HISTORY DOWN OUR THROATS.
And oddly enough, this article... and no other article he's ever done, seems to mention that. One has to wonder...
And now, people of Washougal, if you didn't already know it, you know it now: This clown just sees you as a notch on his gunbelt as he stupidly climbs on your bodies to a Congressional run.
Good luck with that.