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Pocatello Mayoral Election: What Impact will Property Taxes Have?

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November 29, 2021

Pocatello Mayoral Candidate David Worley proposes, “less government, less spending, and lower taxes.”

The runoff election for Mayor of Pocatello takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, November 30…and comes only days after residents began receiving their property tax bills.  Many were shocked at the drastic increase in taxes. Some Pocatello homeowners reported increases ranging from 35% to 45%…resulting in thousands of dollars owed in their annual tax burden.  Neither will renters be unscathed, as landlords pass on the increased cost of taxes in the form of higher rents.

Even so, it remains an open question as to the extent that Pocatello residents will factor in the vast difference between the two candidates, incumbent Mayor Brian Blad and challenger David Worley, when it comes to City spending.  This, even though City spending leads directly to the amount of the tax burden placed on residents.  As noted in a recent analysis by Pocatello for Accountable Government Entities, City taxes make up over 50% of the total tax levy that residents face.

Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad argues for, “continuity in leadership,” and says his polices have, “established a strong foundation for sustainable growth.” (photo credit: City of Pocatello website)

Voters have been presented with a clear choice by the candidates with respect to City spending.

Blad, in office for twelve years, argues that the City needs, “continuity in leadership,” and that his policies have, “established a strong foundation for sustainable growth.”  He and his allies on the City Council appear to view the current levels of spending as an, “investment.”

On the other hand, Worley notes that Pocatello has the highest tax burden of any similarly sized city in Idaho.  He says that, “Other cities around the state provide comparable services and do so with less government, less spending, and lower taxes.”  With reducing spending and taxes a major part of his campaign, he argues that the election is, “a choice between ever-higher spending and taxes or true fiscal responsibility that allows you to keep more of your hard-earned wages.”

Tomorrow, Pocatello residents, at least those who vote (in the November election, over 60% of eligible voters did not cast a ballot), will decide which of these two candidates will best serve them, and their families, for the next four years.  Will they vote Blad, and a continuation of his policies, or vote Worley, looking for a new direction.  We’ll know the outcome tomorrow night.

 

Join Patriots for Liberty & Constitution, Monday, November 29th, at 6:00 P.M. for a Discussion of Bastiat’s That Which is Seen and That Which is Not Seen

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November 28, 2021

Patriots for Liberty & Constitution invites the public to attend their weekly classes, all of which delve into the founding of and principles which established the United States of America.  The group meets every Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. at Mountain Valley Baptist Church, 202 S. 7th Avenue in Pocatello.  The group lecture and discussion is led by Art da Rosa.

On Monday, November 29, the group will learn about and discuss Bastiat’s, “That Which is Seen and That Which is Not Seen.”

Learn more, here:  Patriot’s and Liberty for Constitution, November 29 Meeting

 

Representative Dorothy Moon, Candidate for Idaho Secretary of State, Speaking in Pocatello on Saturday, December 4; Public Invited

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November 28, 2021

On Saturday, December 4, the Pocatello Chubbuck Observer is hosting Representative Dorothy Moon, candidate for Idaho Secretary of State, for a meet & greet at Mountain Valley Baptist Church, 202 S. 7th Avenue in Pocatello.  The event, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

If you have concerns about election integrity in the state of Idaho, stop by and hear how Representative Moon intends to address this and other issues as Idaho Secretary of State.

 

 

Letter Writer Jonathan Whaley: My Donation to my Friend and Fellow Service Member David Worley’s Campaign was Mischaracterized

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November 28, 2021

Dear Editor,

I have some major concerns with respect to the Idaho State Journal (ISJ) article “Out-of-city money gives Worley fundraising edge as special election approaches”, published November 21, 2021.  While I understand the ISJ article is not from your periodical, I thought it appropriate to address you as editor of the Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer since the special election for Pocatello Mayor no doubt concerns many of your readers.

The article misrepresents funds raised by David Worley’s campaign as coming in large part from out-of-state donors, and therefore somehow illegitimate.  The article also implies that the Worley campaign has raised more money than his opponent’s, giving him an unfair advantage in the Mayoral race.  Neither statement is accurate.  As a donor to the Worley campaign for Pocatello Mayor, I want to provide some clarity and perspective in response to this article that I believe did not do that job.

While not a resident of Pocatello, or even of Idaho, I have known Major David Worley for over seven years.  I have served with him in the Virginia Army National Guard both in the United States and overseas.  I have observed the way he lives his life, the principles he stands for, and the positive impacts he has had on so many people’s lives during our time of service together.  I have no political or financial interests in Pocatello.  I simply know that people there will be well-served by having David Worley as their Mayor.  I know this because I have seen his principles in practice, and because he and I have had many opportunities to talk about principles and values that should guide and inform government. I had never made a monetary contribution to a political campaign before I made one to David Worley’s, and I did that to support him and because I know he will bring his sound values and principles to the office of Mayor in Pocatello.  That will be of great benefit to the residents there, and the community as a whole.

I am sure your readers will understand that being part of the military community as many of us are, Major Worley and his family have moved from time-to-time.  I myself am a thirty-year veteran who now serves at Fort Bliss, Texas; having moved there from Virginia this past year.  Expecting any of us to have close friends who care about us and our endeavors to only live locally with us is entirely unreasonable.  I have a broad network of trusted friends with whom I have served that literally spans the globe.  I would hate to think that anyone would discourage those people from supporting me in my pursuits.

I encourage your readers to look critically at the ISJ article and understand that it paints an inaccurate picture of the Worley campaign’s fund-raising efforts.  I further encourage anyone concerned about the community in Pocatello to support the Worley campaign and vote for him as Mayor if you are able.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Whaley, Texas

 

Support SE Idaho Toys for Tots Today, Saturday, November 27 from 11:00 to 3:00 at Big Lots in Pocatello

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November 27, 2021

Here’s a great opportunity to support a good cause right here in Pocatello.

Members of the Marine Corps League, Steven D. Merrell Post #698, will be collecting donations for Southeast Idaho Toys for Tots today from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Big Lots store on Pocatello Creek Road.

While you’re out doing your Christmas shopping, stop by and, “help fill Bud’s truck!”

 

Idaho Dispatch Interviews Pocatello Mayoral Candidate David Worley

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November 27, 2021

Idaho Dispatch Editor Greg Pruett sat down with Pocatello Mayoral Candidate David Worley for an interview on November 26.  In the interview, Worley discusses his plans to reduce City spending in order to lower the tax burden on Pocatello residents, his plans for economic development, his opposition to the mandates and closures of businesses that have harmed so many residents, and more.

To watch the interview, click on the image, below:

Watch: Interview with David Worley, Candidate for Pocatello Mayor

 

Letter Writer Ben Gregersen: Not Supporting the Constitution is the Extreme Position

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November 26, 2021

Dear Editor,

The soon to be retiring Mayor Brian Blad continues to incorrectly claim that his opponent is “extreme.”

I think Brian Blad is the extreme one because he’s drifted so far from our Constitution.  I firmly believe that Constitutionalists are the actual political center.  The Constitution is in the center balancing out the two extremes which are tyranny on one end of the spectrum, and anarchy on the other.

I view the Constitution as a centrist document for this reason.  The political center really isn’t somewhere between Republicans and Democrats.  Both Party’s have drifted left of center towards tyranny.  Both political Parties are off balance.  The Democrats are a little more off balance than the Republicans but that isn’t saying much.  I view David Worley as the true centrist in this race.  Blad is drifting towards tyranny.

Pocatello needs a new Mayor.  Brian Blad has been Mayor for twelve years which is far too long.  No politician should be in office that long.

If you believe in good constitutional government please join me in voting for David Worley on November 30th.

Ben Gregersen, Pocatello

 

Toys for Tots Volunteers Return to AMVETS Monthly Breakfast, Saturday, December 4th

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November 26, 2021

Once again, you can help support the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots program by attending the AMVETs Monthly Breakfast, Saturday, December 4.  The breakfast is held at the Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building, 300 N. Johnson Avenue.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

The monthly breakfast, a staple in Pocatello, is held on the first Saturday in every month.  It includes eggs, hash browns, bacon, two kinds of sausage, biscuits & gravy, pancakes, coffee, and orange juice.

Members of the local chapter of the Marine Corps League will be working at the dinner for tips and donations.  This month, one unwrapped toy equals one free breakfast!

Kids under 5 eat free!

For more information, view or click on the image, below, to visit the AMVETS FB page.

 

East Idahoans to Protest Vaccine Mandate, Saturday, November 27

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November 26, 2021

East Idahoans are scheduled to protest the onerous vaccine mandate on Saturday, November 27.  Protests are scheduled to take place in Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, and Pocatello.

 

Idaho Speaks: Pocatello Mayoral Candidate David Worley Discusses Runoff Election

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Idahospeaks.com, protecting Freedom of Speech for Conservatives in Idaho

November 26, 2021

Episode 117 of the Idaho Speaks podcast, recently posted, features Pocatello Mayoral Candidate David Worley discussing the November 30th runoff election.

The podcast description reads, “David Worley sits with Idaho Speaks to talk about his effort in the mayor runoff election for Pocatello Idaho.  We talk about taxes, government over regulation and ways to solve the financial challenges facing the city.  We also talk about citizens constitutional rights and a potential lawsuit and racketeering charges bring brought against the city by a local family who claims unfair treatment.  Most importantly, we talk about what David would do as the new Mayor of Pocatello to lower the overall tax budget on citizens.”

Listen to the podcast, here:

David Worley running for Mayor of Pocatello Idaho Talks About Run Off Election