Can't support either sales tax
The city council and mayor at last night's meeting did little to clear up the questions concerning the two sales tax propositions on the Nov. 3 ballot. They did, however, make it perfectly clear that if those two taxes did not pass then they would "have to look at other ways to raise money." Nice threat public officials. How much does a recall election cost?
Hey mayor and city council, here's another way to raise money: Write a sales tax initiative that has a clear end and clear specifics about what projects are to be funded. The word "could" has no business being in your ballot question. You can talk about fixing Ralph Tanner's storm water problem until you are blue in the face, but there are no guarantees that money raised in Prop. 1 will be used to fix that problem. Sorry Mr. Tanner, if Prop. 1 passes, the city government can decide to use that money to fix whatever infrastructure is needed in Fire Tree instead. If we need money for an expanded library and walking trails, then say that. If we need money for Sixth Street improvements, then say that. Don't just say the money "could" be used for that, because I can't support it. And I will not support a sales tax that never ends.
In my opinion, this council, mayor and city manager have proven themselves untrustworthy on projects that are important to me. Why should I vote them a blank check? If these two ballot initiatives pass, the voters will have also given a blank check to future city councils and mayors. We can't afford that.
Please Vote No on Both Sales Tax Questions on Nov. 3.