Friday, January 03, 2014

Sales Tax Ballot Question

It's good to be home after a holiday vacation.  And look what is now happening.

On Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 the Council Committee will again view proposals to:
1.  Continue the sales tax for "parks & pipes"
2.  Add a sales tax for pavement repairs.
3.  Discuss whether or not to put these items on the November general election ballot (at no cost to the city) or to make it a spring mail in ballot (at a cost of up to $110,000 to the city).

IMHO, the first question that needs to be resolved is which ballot it is to go on.  It needs to go on the November ballot.  As Council member Kemmling pointed out the last time this came up, he felt those that were pushing for a spring mail ballot were attempting to rig the outcome.

It is also interesting to note that in the packet for the meeting, information is given about a survey being conducted by ETC out of Olathe. It is only partially completed and is still ongoing. I know ETC is doing this. I was one of the individuals contacted last night.  When I asked them who was paying for it they told me it appeared to be an internal survey that they were doing on their own.  I have the names of both the survey taker and her supervisor who told me that.  Apparently that was wrong info.  Are the questions on this survey examples of a "push poll".  I think that is a strong possibility.

The thing that really ticks me off is that the last budget that was approved was done so with various individuals patting themselves on the back about no tax increases.  Now we come down to the wire and we are told how bad things will be if the sales tax (especially for pavements) is not approved.  We need to reexamine how we are splitting the $3 million we get from Deffenbaugh for the landfill use.

Anyway, please contact your council members and tell them with regards to the election on the tax questions you want them on the November ballot at no charge to the city.

We can discuss the actual merit of each later.

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