Monday, January 20, 2014

Sales Tax Vote - Deception #1

We'll keep this one short and simple.  On Monday, Feb 10, 2014 the council will be voting on whether and how to put a new sales tax on the ballot for pavements and whether or not to continue the sales tax for "Parks & Pipes"

So, where is the deception you may ask?  That's easy.

The "Parks & Pipes" does not have to come back before the voters for another year based on its expiration date.

So why do some members of the council and the city manager want it voted on now?  Because some members of the council and the city manager do not think that the voters of Shawnee are intelligent enough to make a decision on the pavement tax unless it is tied to something that is popular like the "Parks & Pipes". They want to use the "P&P" as the coattails for the pavement tax.  Let the pavement tax stand on its own merit.  They keep mentioning the recent mail ballot in Olathe.  Well, Olathe voters did approve a pavement tax, at an even higher rate. That apparently was based on what the voters there wanted, after reviewing the pertinent information without trying to piggyback it to a more popular program. Are the ones who want this piggyback saying that the voters of Shawnee are not intelligent enough to review the information and vote accordingly?

Most notable of the council members who is pushing for this piggyback arrangement is Jeff "The Arrogant One" Vaught.  His favorite comments lately have been about how he was elected, by a large majority, to represent his ward.  Key word/phrase:  represent, not dictate to.  Again, he needs to retake Civics 101.

Hmmm, and we're told by certain folks that local bloggers disseminate misinformation.  Physician heal thyself.

More coming on what initially appears to be misinformation presented at the council committee regarding the cost of a spring mail ballot election (as opposed to a November no charge/free general election ballot).

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