Saturday, July 10, 2010
The Canyon County Commissioners have done it to us again. They have scheduled another vote on the jail bond August 3.
They will not take no for an answer. They just want to ram it down our throats, like it or not.
And their timing is a bit curious. Instead of waiting until November when there is a bona fide election in which this issue could be included, they schedule the expense of a special election, hoping that most people will pay no attention to a single-issue vote, and only those with an interest in a favorable outcome will be inclined to vote.
The Commissioners espouse a conservative philosophy. At least one commissioner ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism. That means no new taxes!
They desire the citizens to pass the largest bond in the history of the county. In that respect they are like Obama: spend, spend, spend.
Understand that the bond is only one part of the total expense. The real expense is staffing and operating the jail, which is not funded by a bond spread over years but is paid out of annual tax revenue.
The commissioners apparently don't understand the challenge of the current economic climate. We are in a recession, and some of Obama's own economists are predicting a depression. And it is in this environment these commissioners desire to increase our burden.
In this newspaper (Idaho Press Tribune) dated June 29, under a headline "Budget issues plague county," the paper reported that county officials have begun efforts to meet rising expenses with reduced tax revenues, pointing "to continued revenue shortfalls as property and sales tax revenue have plunged."
Do they not pay attention? Vote NO again on the jail bond.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 10:10 AM