Councilman Ron Edinger sent Huckleberries Onine an email challenging one of the cornerstones of challenger Toby Schindelbeck's campaign:
"In the weekly “Inlander” for October 22-28, 2015, my opponent stated that he supported “freezing property taxes and waiving impact fees for ten years” in Coeur d’Alene. As a former mayor and current Coeur d’Alene City Councilman, I feel obligated to comment on this latest irresponsible and uninformed proposal by Toby Schindelbeck. The loss of over 204 million dollars in revenue over the next ten years would severely hamstring the ability of our City to increase vital police and fire protection along with other services as the community continues to grow.
"My opponent, as a recent newcomer to Coeur d’Alene, appears to not understand the fiscal workings of Coeur d’Alene. The complexities of how budget planning, generating revenue, accounting for inflation and setting priorities takes time, experience and the willingness to research the facts.
"This ill-conceived proposal by my opponent is solely based upon assumptions and guesswork rather than any documented evidence. Maybe he should provide examples from his recent residents in his prior home state where the state faces budget deficits as well as a number of the local governments." More here.