Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Where do you stand on the Public Safety Sales Tax Referendum?



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Please Vote NO! April 4th on the 100% increase of the current Public Safety Sales Tax. In 1999-2000 we were sold a bill of goods if we ( the tax payers would agree to a .5% sales increase) we were told we would have a much needed state of the art public safety building. Is it fully staffed like we were promised? Is it in the black housing other prisoners from outside Boone County like we were promised?
Where did the $22 million of the levy go? Well $11,790.041 was been used so for principle and interest. Where is the other $11 million? Through a loophole, they (county board) have extended the first levy permanently. So in 2018 after the bonds are finally paid off, the county will still have us on the hook for between $1.1 million to $1.4 million a year. Now they want to increase that to $2.2 to 2.8 million every year, forever. In my opinion, without a doubt, the police, fire and the first responders should be the best staffed, the best trained and compensated. I think that should be very workable with $1.2 to $1.4 million a year. If not, then come back to the taxpayer.
I am tired of the county board trying to balance their budget on the taxpayers.
What the board really needs to focus on, in my opinion, is a truly balanced budget.
Yes, some of their buddies and pals may lose their jobs, but this is life in the real world outside of government.

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