Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Why do people vote against safety levies?

We had a safety levy on the ballot.  It would have increased our sales tax by .25%.  It failed.
Our sheriff was quoted as saying, "This was a true need. This was not a want. ... "
A local resident had this to say:
"I’m against any more taxes.  They’re taking every damn dime out of our pockets.” 
My guess is that when that resident experiences an emergency such as a fire, rowdy neighbors, a car accident or a heart attack, they'll be calling Ghost Busters?  Uh, no.  They'll call 911.  They'll expect service.

There are many safety service levies in this area that passed.  There are many that didn't.  People vote against the levies, then complain that service is slow when they call for them in their time of need.  STEP UP, PEOPLE!  Things cost money.  Cost of living has increased for you.  Don't you think that there is a cost of operations increase for others?


1 comment:

Rach said...

My friend Jori had a bond issue that would raise property taxes by some small amount to start a pool for school improvements since all the schools in her community were built in the '50s or earlier.

Didn't pass.

By a HUGE margin.

WTH is wrong with people??? If you use it, you should PAY for it. Where do you think the money is going to come from? That magic money tree out back? Gr.