Letter to the editor by Ed Yaeger, former Lake Geneva alderperson.
The bottom line was in trying to make Lake Geneva better, not bigger. But then, something began to happen! City core management, using various methods, began getting rid of everyone who worked to preserve and protect historic Lake Geneva. Growth became the principle factor, and this trend continues today. New leaders are trying to convince us that tourists come here to view new subdivisions and big city parking structures.
And now, the highest insult of all is upon the land. Lakefront annexations, along with zoning changes that could put Geneva’s Lake shorelines in jeopardy are being considered. How did this happen? It seems that office holder and tourist expert qualifications require almost no residency. The new respondents to these positions have all the answers to what the city needs. History and taxpayers are being forgotten: taxpayers have lost representation by the non-attendance of their supposed representatives! Spend, spend, spend, and tax, tax, tax is the current mantra.
It’s time for transparency, and time to get taxpayers back into the decision making process. This ill-conceived Geneva Inn annexation, based on greed, should not be decided by our confused city government or council. It should be decided by referendum! Let the people decide. Ed Yaeger, Lake Geneva resident