Friday, April 23, 2010

Local Wrangling over more taxes

In Arizona, we are being asked to consider a 1% increase in our sales tax. Most of this money is slated to go towards Education and Public Services, such as health and public safety. The tax will be voted on in a special election.

It seems unlikely to me, that in a time of everyone having to tighten their belts, that people will go down to the polls just so they can vote on having to pay even more tax whenever they go out to buy anything. But then, the tax is supposed to make sure we can pay for education and Public Safety.

It seems that whenever we are asked to shell out even more money, it is always couched in the idea that if we don't acquiesce, we won't be able to pay for schools and firemen. You don't want to be the one that robs a child of his future and then lets his mom die because the fire station was shut down, do you?

Is the tax needed? Maybe the State has gotten itself into such a fix that we won't be able to keep doing business as usual without it. On the other hand, maybe business as usual needs to change.

Whatever your opinion, if you live here, you can express it at the polls. If you want to know a bit more, here are a couple of recent articles about it:

Arizona's Budget Crisis: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?

Deciding how to vote on Proposition 100

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