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I voted to today to keep taxes high(4 posts)

I voted to today to keep taxes highmoneyman
Nov 4, 2003 9:08 AM
In our own community, we have an option to pay for specific items via an additional penny to our sales tax. This go round had a library, extension to our multi-use path, safety equipment for police and fire, a new park, and a host of other items. If it passes, it will take about 4 1/2 years to collect the money.

I have no trouble voting to spend my dollars on projects that benefit me (selfish, I know) and my community. They will add value to my life and to the lives of future generations. If only our national system of taxation and benefits reflected the local, I wouldn't feel so ... violated every time I pay the outrageous federal extortion rates demanded on each paycheck.

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So it's not 'taxes' that are evil butOldEdScott
Nov 4, 2003 8:17 PM
how taxes are spent?

If folks would make that connection a little more often, the debate would make a lot more sense. As is, shouting 'Cut taxes!' and shouting 'Don't cut taxes!' is equally nonsensical, absent context.

Congratulations for showing sense over passion.
I said that in a column, Ed, and they're gonna recall. . . .Cory
Nov 4, 2003 9:30 PM
...me AND the governor.
Seriously, before the last session of the legislature (meets only every two years in Nevada), I did a column calling for a tax increase. Our schools are crap, we're national leaders in per capita pollution, teen pregnancy, teen suicide, smoking, alcoholism--an old saying here, true more often than not, is that Nevada is "top 5 in everything you want to be low in and bottom 5 in everything you want to be high in." The gov agreed and asked for more money.
After some really stupid stonewalling by the Republicans in the legislature, an increase squeaked by. Now a bunch of stone-agers in the middle of the state are trying to whip up sympathy for a California-style recall. So far they have about 12 signatures....
The results...moneyman
Nov 5, 2003 8:20 AM
All six items passed. We agreed, as a community, to spend $58 million on capital improvements. I am very pleased.

At my advanced age, my sensibilities ALWAYS overrule my passion. That's whay I go to bed - and sleep - at 9:00.

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