From Racine Community Media:
RACINE- Despite Monte Osterman being an elected official, and his wife being a city official, despite them together owning 4 different businesses and serving as chairmen and board members of two additional businesses.
Despite Monte Osterman being the owner of Osterman Tile & Granite, who has received sizable contracts with The City Of Racine, one of which was the largely debated City Hall marble and granite bathroom remodels.
County-Board Supervisor and City Council hopeful Monte Osterman and his wife Mary Jerger-Osterman:
STILL WILL NOT PAY THEIR TAXES!!!!!
Monte Osterman is a current Racine County Board Supervisor and is also running for City Of Racine Common Council Alderman in the upcoming City Of Racine elections April 7th, 2015
Educate yourselves before you vote!
FROM THE JOURNAL TIMES FEBRUARY 2015 ARTICLE: (link below)
The county’s records show that Osterman and his wife Mary Jerger Osterman under whose name the property is listed—owe the county just over $4,986 on their North Wisconsin Street home, which includes about $814 in interest and penalties.
Explaining why the debt had not yet been paid in full, Osterman said the situation was “a matter of personal investment strategy.”
“That is what it amounts to. Beyond that it is kind of our personal business,” the local businessman said. “There are a lot people who have a situation where they have to wait, or are better off not taking money out of their investment, though there may be a penalty. I don’t find that terribly unusual.
”Interviewed by the Journal Times in March of last year about the tax debt—when he was running unopposed for his 3rd District seat on the County Board Osterman told a reporter the taxes would be paid soon by his wife if they hadn’t been already.Asked last week about what happened with that payment, Osterman said, “I think things changed.”
“That is what is happening all over the city,” he said. “I think that is important to note that we are people that understand the difficulties that the entire city is facing”
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The SOUP – 309 Main Street, owned by Susan Bukacek:
From The Journal Times, December 3, 2009:
Entrepreneur to open soup restaurant on Sixth Street
RACINE – Susan Bukacek’s brothers are known for building things. Soon, she will be known for making soups, when The Soup opens Downtown at 515 Sixth St.
Bukacek, 44, of Racine said she is buying the building and expects to close on it no later than Dec. 20. She hopes to open The Soup by mid-January.
As its name implies, The Soup will offer several fresh, homemade soups each day, with homemade bread, Bukacek said.
She was with Metavante Corp. in Brown Deer – and commuting 90 minutes one way – until October. Bukacek was displaced when FIS bought Metavante.
After that, “I was just about to pull the trigger on a job in downtown Milwaukee,” she said. But her three children asked mom not to do any more long commuting, and she listened.
“I thought, what do I do well? And what I’ve always done well is make soup.”
Also, entrepreneurial blood runs in Bukacek’s veins. Her brothers, builders Nick and Andrew Bukacek, each have their own construction companies, and her sister Cheryl has a marketing firm.
Mark Pocaro – who owns a Mansion, in Italian Villa style with a pool, in Kenosha County, and plans on opening an Indian Motorcycle dealership in Downtown Racine, yet is delinquent on his property taxes for 1442 Douglas Avenue and 1711 N. Main Street.
Porcaro to open Indian Motorcycle dealership in Racine
The downtown Racine building that once housed the Historic Century Market started as an auto dealership. And this spring, it will again become something akin to that: an Indian Motorcycle dealership.
About a year ago, Mark Porcaro, president of Porcaro Ford and Porcaro Mitsubishi, bought the 17,000-square-foot building at 522 Sixth St. Porcaro, a classic car collector, wanted storage for his own four-wheeled darlings and also began rehabbing the building to use as rented winter storage for others’ vintage cars.
The Flatiron Mall, 1661 Douglas Avenue, which is also listed as a BINGO Hall, owes over $60,000 in back taxes, and is being carried by Racine County Property taxpayers.
And finally, the Stacy’s, who own the Union Contractor, Absolute Construction and are a perennial fixture at Gateway, thanks to Roger Zacharias, who is the Head of the Kenosha/Racine Carpenters Union and is a member of Gateway’s Robber-Baron Board!
Some of Gateway’s past borrowing history which was done WITHOUT voter approval, and funded the projects which Absolute Construction contracted for: