Thursday, June 12, 2014

To Tax or Not To Tax

At the upcoming City Council Committee meeting (Tue 6/17/14 at 7:00PM) one of the items to be discussed will be whether or not to put a sales tax increase on the November ballot.  And, if that is done, what amount to place on the ballot, 1/8, 1/4, 3/8 and one suggestion has even been made to make it 1/2%.  The purpose of this tax increase is to fund street repairs (which are needed).  This meeting is open to the public.

There is more information about this at :

What really, really upsets me though is this.  Last year certain senior city officials were "dancing in the street" that there was no tax increase for 2014.  This situation with the streets has to have been known for years.  Now we are being asked to look at substantial sales tax increases, because, among other things, as we go forward, costs will increase as each year goes by.  Well, why wasn't a tax increase brought up 2, 3, 4 years ago?  When construction prices would have been lower, maybe we could have gotten by with 1/16%.  And, if we had started 2-4 years ago the future cost increases of construction would have been less.  Personally, I feel that certain senior officials of the city have been negligent in not pursuing this earlier, at lower amounts. 

I hope they enjoyed their previous "dancing in the street".  You can see more background on this by going to :

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