Dimich voices concerns at forum

By: 
Alastair Baker
News Editor

Diane Dimich, running for the Red Lodge Ward 2 council seat against Will Bernard voiced numerous issues at the candidate forum hosted by the Beartooth Elk’s Lodge last week.
One of her main worries was the “financial position of the City is not sustainable.”

“They increased the police budget by $200,000. The money came out of other departments, Resort Tax. It’s juggled around. Increased Water and Sewer Rates. Those rates go to infrastructure and CIP and reserves. They didn’t,” she said in her opening statement.
She felt it isn’t fair to the police department and the community that it has been 18-months since the last police chief and she hoped the community will get involved in the decision-making.
She is opposed to vacant lots owners being charged for water and sewer.

“When they do finally hook up its $270 for impact fees,” she said. “The way the rates are set up, they pay almost as much as they pay on taxes in the year that they’d pay for sewer and water. My fear is people will start dumping these lots.”
She supports seasonal owners paying as they are getting service and said she guarantees they are paying for those second homes in Arizona.
Covering the Resort Tax she said “$800,000 (a year) is a huge chunk of money for this community. If we lose that it will be devastating. Parks and trails are fun but we need to get back to our public services that is what it was intended for.”
She supported the NDR and making City Hall ADA.

“It’s been over 25 years since the American Disability Act was passed. A few years ago the City redid the curbs, and people went nuts, but guess what, you’re not blind. I recently heard the mayor moved his office upstairs. That is very sad,” said Dimich.
Joel Todd, Chair of the Elk’s Board of Trustees, was officiating and read out a statement from the other candidate Bernard who wrote he wanted to serve the community and give back to it. He said he also wanted to see the citizens have a safe town with healthy economic and infrastructure in place. He said he was not looking to support short-term solutions but wanted a City council to look back 20 years from now and say that what this coming council did was a successful decision.

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