Sunday, April 08, 2007

Force Feeding Tax Increases

In a cynical ploy calculated to stampede the voters into approving a tax increase the Jackson County libraries have closed their doors five weeks before the special election. It won't work.

Back on the ballot is a levy identical to the one that voters rejected last November:
QUESTION: Shall Jackson County levy 66 cents per $1000 assessed value for five years beginning 2007-2008 to maintain public library operations?
May:
QUESTION: Shall Jackson County levy 66 cents per $1000 assessed value for three years beginning July 1, 2007, for library operations?
Here was the voters' answer last November:
    15-66 JACKSON COUNTY LIBRARY 5-YR LOCAL OPTION TAX
Yes . . . . . . . . 31,162 41.46%
No. . . . . . . . . 44,004 58.54%
Total . . . . . 75,166
Over Votes . . . . . 102
Under Votes . . . . . 2,885
Here is this voter's answer in May:
    What part of "No" don't you understand?
As I pointed out last October, the library budget increased from 5.7 million in 2000 to 8.5 million in 2006. That's eight and a half million dollars to loan out one and a half million items.

Do you feel like you're getting a bargain? I don't.