A letter to
Sales Tax Hike
February 14, 2012
reading your blog piece on the County’s proposed sales tax hike, I
a few comments:
been much revisionist history about the jail, like the statement “It
to last 25 years, and it has cast iron pipes.” I’m sure the local
approved the design would disagree, and I guess some people today think
pipes should be plastic.
jail was designed and built in 1982 it was “state of the art” and the
of facility that the state and local officials could or would approve.
the names on the bronze placque in the entrance) There have been many
in jail design over the past thirty years, as expected, and no, the
not match modern design. As to the doors, they were built and installed
area firm and, as in all jails, were a proprietary design and
their facility. I believe the company went bankrupt a few years later
is why parts are not available--they must be fabricated.
If the jail
is proposed to be “fixed”, then what is the scope and estimated cost?
Complaints have been made about the facility for many years, but no
have been offered as to needed repairs or changes.
recently, a Commissioner has proposed nearly $4 million of new taxes
$1/2 million of stated, defined need. Anyone who has money in the bank
etc. will scoff at the “interest-bearing account” statement, since $1
in passbook today earns about $1000 per year, and a $million in CD’s a
become confused over the “capital improvements” statement, there is not
cent of this tax that is proposed for roads and bridges. Besides 9-1-1
equipment, (which is within the Sheriff’s Department), and the jail,
other specifics are the purchase of new Sheriff’s cruisers and a
Sheriff’s Department is the County’s most respected and supported
unit, and as such may be granted the additional money by the voters.
Even so, in
the current economic conditions for most taxpayers, it would seem
for any government official to clearly specify what this nearly $4
be used to enhance or correct, not to languish in a slush fund awaiting
political epiphany. Additionally, a specific time limit should be fixed
most importantly, honored upon its arrival.
some of the proposed purchases made from the new taxation will relax an
of burden from the County General Fund and the disposition of these
should be known as well.
it’s worth, I think these things are important and should be addressed
approving this issue.
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