GM $25 Million Endowment Request

March 16th, 2016

To our current elected City Council Member Representatives;
The $25 million dollar endowment request to GM is brilliant. We must legitimize that request.
That endowment would generate over a million dollars per year.
That annual revenue would completely cover capital projects so that we would have no debt and would pay cash for such things as bus terminal, central fire station, brick bus garage, pavilions, cultural center, museums, a parking ramp for senior center, repair our Monterey dam with added hydro-power generator, etc.
A small price to pay would be to add the name GM on all those buildings, which would be only appropriate and a visible legacy and herald.
Then our taxes would go down.
We could eliminate the wheel tax, the garbage tax, lower water and utilities bills, add terrace trees, fix our streets, and have all our sidewalks plowed and maintained by staff out of our general fund!
This GM endowment for capital projects would be a fantastic blessing as the most amazing legacy to our citizens, to our entire community, and as well to GM.
BUT we need to make our request legitimate!
A legitimate request must come from you, our elected city-leader representatives, with an attached resolution, as well as most importantly, the documented full support from our entire citizen community of all 28 wards. This full citizen active support would be quickly accomplished from 28 ward supervisors and 280 block captains, who with 2800 block stewards would be able, in just two days, to gather signatures on a petition from at least 20,000 of our 28,000 households!
We need to show GM that we the people of Janesville can rise to the occasion of repairing our collective voice, so that we can become capable of the accountability required for such an endowment gift. That we can thus insure its visible collateral asset investment legacy use.
We need to show that we repaired the structure of our representation so as to not allow the proceeds of such an endowment to be squandered into a black hole of invisible charity good intentions or bureaucracy maintenance or expansion.
How quickly can we repair our representational structure in order to slam out a legitimate request accompanied by documented evidence of grass-roots collective citizen involvement and accountability for a $25 million dollar GM legacy capital improvement fund??
Can the 28 ward positions of average 1000 households each be added to the April ballot as write-ins? And the 10 block captain positions per ward also be added to this April’s ballot as write-ins ?
We need a ballot and a city map with lines drawn.
(The few extra “wards” with 3 or 5 households could be added to their neighbor ward.)

We need to slam out a legitimate request accompanied by documented evidence of grass-roots collective citizen involvement and accountability for a $25 million dollar GM legacy capital improvement fund.
Time is of the essence.

Respectfully submitted,

Board of Citizen Association for Rights and Dignity